Mouser Quality Expert to Speak at SAE 2012 Counterfeit Avoidance Symposium

Maisach-Gernlinden, (PresseBox) - Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced it is participating in a symposium on the negative impact of counterfeit electronic parts and the processes to mitigate their effect on manufacturers.

The SAE 2012 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium, scheduled for Nov. 2 in Phoenix, Ariz., will provide an open technical forum about the risks that counterfeit components pose to aerospace and defense manufacturers. Industry leaders will participate in panel discussions and presentations on key issues, including updates to SAE standards and NDAA requirements; accountability; identification, risk assessments, avoidance protocols, test methodologies, and compliance; DNA-based part authentication; and traceability in the age of globalization.

As an AS9120A authorized distributor, Mouser's sponsorship of this SAE International event underscores the company's own dedication to supporting the fight against counterfeit products.

"Mouser is dedicated to ensuring its customers receive authorized, genuine components," said Pete Shopp, Mouser Senior Vice President of Business Operations. "Mouser shares SAE International's commitment to helping the industry identify and avoid counterfeit parts."

Chuck Amsden, Mouser's Director of Quality, will be one of the symposium's featured speakers. Amsden, who joined Mouser in 2003, has more than 24 years of quality assurance and compliance experience. Amsden directs the quality assurance staff and assures that the company's distribution operations are in compliance with industry and company standards. He has helped lead Mouser to obtaining AS9120A/ISO9001:2008 and ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 certifications. Amsden also spearheads the company's environmental policies, including lead-free and RoHS, WEEE, packaging waste, and proper disposal of batteries and chemicals, plus other green distribution best practices.

Mouser Electronics takes every possible precaution to ensure its customers are receiving authorized, genuine components. AS9120A is a quality management certification for distributors to the aerospace industry addressing chain of custody, traceability, control and availability of records. AS9120A certification requires rigorous purchasing, handling, storage, and traceability controls to prevent counterfeit and non-conforming electronic components from entering the supply chain. Mouser carries dual registration to AS9120A and ISO 9001:2008 to serve both customers purchasing aerospace components and those purchasing commercial products, and has also adopted relevant requirements of SAE standard AS5553 Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition into their AS9120A Quality Management System.

Additionally, Mouser is a contributing member on the SAE G-19 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Committee that wrote AS5553 and is currently writing AS6081 Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance Protocol, Distributors and revision A to AS5553. Mouser is an ECIA (Electronic Components Industry Association) and CEDA (China Electronics Distributor Alliance) authorized distributor.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to design engineers and buyers by delivering What's Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 19 global support locations and stocks the world's widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics' website is updated daily and searches more than 10 million products to locate over 3 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

About SAE International

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.


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Mouser Electronics

Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. features more than 3 million products online from more than 450 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 375,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

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