Online community looks to mitigate counterfeiting problem
Network Product Solutions LLC has established an online community that functions as a crowdsourcing to take on counterfeit risk and obsolescence problems in the supply chain. The Trusted Global Buyers Network (TGBN) will allow members to rate sources of supply, helping buyers find trustworthy sources of product parts in the process.
"Today, buyers purchase parts from independent distributors primarily when they cannot find inventory at authorised sources," said Ed Odette, founder and president of NPS, in a press release. "TGBN offers buyers and engineers the ability to collaborate and share their experiences with suppliers by rating them based on their quality, compliance controls, trustworthiness, and warranty."
Once authorised channels have been exhausted, electronics purchasers are faced with the challenge of sorting through the choice of independent component distributors and brokers. Some industry organisations, such as the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA), work to create standards and point to resources. IDEA members must each have a proven quality management system (QMS), be active in advancing ethical standards, and adhere to a variety of standards. At the same time, there's room for more collaboration.
"The technology has been there to mitigate false availability problems; the willpower has been missing," said John Becker, former Special Assistant to Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (DUSD) for Logistics & Materiel Readiness (L&MR), in the written statement. "TGBN's approach opens up new ways to mitigate the problem."
TGB, not only provides information on known good sources, but also points to problem parts and suppliers. Member buyers and engineers rate and review suppliers, and share best-practices.
Check out the infographic below... Do you think crowdsourcing has the potential to help OEMs fight the counterfeit component problem?
- Hailey Lynne McKeefry