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Authenticity Testing

Uncompromising component authenticity confirmation

Smith conducts thorough, in-house quality-control measures to verify product authenticity in our state-of-the-art counterfeit-detection labs. Components are carefully sourced and comprehensively inspected, with destructive, nondestructive, and custom testing solutions available so that the integrity of your parts will never be in question. Smith’s authenticity-testing labs maintain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and meet the highest standards for testing and inspection.


Avoidance is the first step of counterfeit-part risk mitigation. Smith’s suppliers are formally selected, qualified, and continually evaluated to ensure their ability to provide product that meets customer requirements, in line with CCAP-101 and AS6081 certification standards.

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Visual Inspection

Visual Inspection

Smith’s CCCI-102 Level 1 and Level 2 quality inspectors meticulously examine components to verify that part dimensions, markings, leads, packaging, and other characteristics are consistent with manufacturer specifications.

Visual Inspection Capabilities

Digital Microscopy

Smith’s stereo and high-powered microscopes can magnify up to 500x to detect blacktopping, sanding, oxidation, and retinning.

Digital Imagery

Our high-definition microscopes can reproduce views as 60x HD images, allowing us to inspect components with unsurpassed color rendition and no distortion, delay, or interference.

Dimensional Measurement

With an integrated 2D/3D measurement system and extremely high depth of field, Smith’s high-magnification HD/3D microscope can capture any area in complete focus.


Nondestructive Testing

Nondestructive testing includes a variety of testing and inspection techniques that are proven to be nondestructive to a component’s performance or reliability. These methods are used to identify markings, voids, and other anomalies in or on components.

Nondestructive Testing Capabilities


X-ray images are compared against OEM parts and are also used to verify that no voids have formed and to confirm leads and bond wires.


Smith’s XRF machine measures coating systems to determine coating thickness and composition and analyzes material content for small structures and small components.


C-SAM acoustic microscopy uses pulse-echo imaging to detect voids, cracks, and delaminations and penetrate blacktopping to expose markings.

Curve Tracer

Smith’s curve tracer performs reliability analysis, verifies pins and electrical continuity, and analyzes anomalous characteristics.

Destructive Testing

Destructive testing is the final component of Smith’s authenticity-testing process. More invasive measures, such as decapsulation and lead solderability, may be required in some instances to confirm the legitimacy of a product.

Destructive Testing Capabilities


Decapsulation is used to verify die size and manufacturers’ logos, inspect the architecture of the die, and confirm part numbers.

Heated Solvent

Heated-solvent testing exposes signs of counterfeiting by detecting sand marks, texture differences, and blacktopping.

Solderability and BGA Reflow

Smith verifies the solderability of component leads to determine coating durability and checks for signs of corrosion and oxidation on aged products to establish usability.

Bond Pull and Die Shear

Smith measures bond strengths and distributions and tests the integrity of materials used to attach dies or surface-mounted passive elements to determine compliance with bond-strength requirements.

RoHS 3 Analyzer

Per RoHS 3 directive, Smith identifies restricted substances and tests for four phthalates: bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

Custom Testing
Additional authenticity testing is available upon request and can be tailored to fit our customers’ specific requirements. Contact us for more information about Smith's authenticity-testing services.

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Certifications and Affiliations

CCCI-102 Level 1 and Level 2

Our quality inspectors’ CCCI-102 certification expands upon the anti-counterfeit standards contained in Smith’s CCAP-101 certification and helps to safeguard the global supply chain from inauthentic components.



Our avoidance protocol, detection, mitigation, and disposition of counterfeit electronic parts keep inauthentic components out of the aerospace supply chain and protect quality, safety, and performance.



Smith upholds additional standards for safety and reliability that meet the aerospace industry’s stringent security and dependability needs.



ERAI membership provides access to a global network of resources to help identify high-risk suppliers and detect counterfeit parts.



GIDEP membership gives Smith access to resources that provide us with details about companies involved in incidents of suspect counterfeit parts.

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