Stackpole Electronics Inc. has added a product verification feature on its website to assist customers confirm the genuineness of purchased products.
Counterfeit components are an increasing problem in electronic components, estimated to cost the industry up to US$100 billion per year.
To help their customers verify that the products they purchase are genuine Stackpole products, Stackpole has recently added a lot verification feature to its website.
The Stackpole lot code found on all product labels is unique to a specific Stackpole part number. While most counterfeit components have lot codes that follow a similar format to a valid Stackpole lot code, they do not carry valid lot codes for the specific Stackpole part number. For a given lot code, the web tool will return the full Stackpole part number, date code, and country of origin.
The online lot verification feature is only available for products shipped from Stackpole’s North American location. Having a valid lot code/part number combination does not guarantee that product is genuine Stackpole product, but most counterfeit parts can be detected with the tool.
Stackpole advises its customers to only purchase components from authorised distributors to reduce the risk of counterfeiting.
Stackpole's product verification tool along with more information about this feature can be found at www.seielect.com/nocounterfeit.asp.