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X-Ray Authenticity Testing: Delivering Quality – Behind the Scenes

Smith’s X-ray testing provides a comprehensive look inside components to confirm quality. 

Smith delivers quality our customers around the world can trust, no matter what components they’re seeking or what disruptions the global electronics supply chain is experiencing. But what steps go into this quality assurance? 

In our new series Delivering Quality – Behind the Scenes, we’ll offer an inside look at the steps our quality control and inspection teams take to make sure every component we ship is examined, tested, and vetted so our customers receive only the best from Smith.  

(Learn more about our in-house authenticity testing options in our most recent video: Temperature Coefficient Authenticity Testing: Delivering Quality – Behind the Scenes.) 

 Reliable In-House Authenticity Testing  

It’s well-known that shortages and other disruptions augment quality concerns across the global electronic-component supply chain, as scarcity can drive manufacturers to consider alternative or unproven suppliers. This can leave them vulnerable to opportunistic vendors and low-quality or inauthentic components. 

Quality is always paramount, but tumultuous times in the supply chain – like the ongoing, acute shortage situation we’re currently seeing across multiple industries – demand even more dedication to ensuring that components are top-tier, fully functional, completely authentic, and in line with all manufacturer specs. 

Smith relies on our in-house functionality and authenticity laboratories to address this need, ensuring that the product we procure and deliver to customers is only the best. 

Our X-ray authenticity testing plays a key role in this process. 

Confirm Adherence to Known-Good Standards 

Smith’s X-ray imaging allows us to comprehensively compare the images we gather against those of OEM parts, assuring that there are no inconsistencies that could indicate flaws or inauthentic components. 

Scan for Voids 

Our X-ray inspection allows our technicians to take an incisive look within parts’ architecture to verify details. One vital element is confirming that no voids have formed within components. Using our X-ray imaging, we can keep an eye out for voids and flag any we detect. 

A Deeper Look at Component Architecture 

In addition to detecting voids, our X-ray imaging also allows our technicians to examine and confirm leads and bond wires to determine that they are in line with the exact correct architecture as specified by manufacturers. No matter how small an element of a part, our X-ray testing allows a deeper look at it to make sure it adheres to the correct structure and standards. 

Quality Assurance That Keeps You Moving 

From X-ray inspection to our suite of other authenticity tests and our full range of functionality testing, Smith continually invests in the resources to ensure that the parts we deliver are exactly what you need to keep your operations and production moving seamlessly – no matter the disruption. 

Keep an eye out here on our blog and our LinkedIn page for more industry news, analysis, and insights – and for the next video in our Delivering Quality: Behind the Scenes series!  

You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for video updates. 

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