equipment for testing electronicIn an age of counterfeiting, it has become necessary for distributors of electronic components and manufacturers of electronic assemblies to inspect all incoming components for authenticity.

In order to meet this market reality, Paragon has developed an in-house laboratory with the latest equipment for inspecting and testing electronic components. 

Our range of detection equipment includes high resolution microscopes, solvents to check for device marking permanence, equipment for electrical testing, solderability tests and a specialist X-ray system.

The verification of incoming electronic components starts with a visual inspection of all of the packaging. Some of the signs our inspectors look for are:

  • Spelling and layout errors on the manufacturers labels 
  • Examination of the Indents 
  • Date codes on labels not matching date codes on the components 
  • Date codes that are not possible. eg. 0657 
  • Date codes that are in the future  
  • Incorrectly packaged devices – i.e. moisture sensitive components not in dry packs etc  
  • Checking country of origin against lot codes - a unique lot code would not have been manufactured in different countries 
  • Texture – using our microscopes to check for authenticity based on known rules  
  • Imperfections in logo - consistency of logo on devices

equipment for inspecting electronic

While we have the necessary tools and processes to detect counterfeit or non-conforming components, there is no substitute for well trained, 'vigilant' inspectors.

All our inspectors are trained to IPC610 and operate in accordance with the requirements of the IDEA-STD-1010-B standard (for the acceptability of electronic components distributed in the open market).

At Paragon we are committed to working with our supplier base to achieve the same quality standards and levels of vigilance to prevent spurious parts from entering the supply chain.

The combination of our highly-trained and experienced component purchasing professionals and inspectors along with our extensive test facilities mean that our customers don't have to worry about the risk of buying counterfeit electronic components, leaving them to concentrate resources on other areas of their business.

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