Smith & Associates to Present at SMTA/CALCE Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain Symposium

Smith will share anti-counterfeiting expertise

Houston, TX (June 17, 2013) – Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces its upcoming presentation at the SMTA/CALCE Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain Symposium at the University of Maryland. Smith’s Interim Vice President of Global Operations, Art Figueroa, will be representing Smith at the symposium in a joint presentation with Bob Chesla, Senior Project Engineer for Rockwell Automation.

Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is a well-recognized international network of professionals from various industries and disciplines dedicated to the advancement of education, skills, and innovative solutions in electronic assembly technologies. The University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) is a leader in accelerated testing, electronic parts selection and management, supply chain management, and the development and implementation of physics-of-failure approaches for reliability and international standards for critical electronic systems. This year's SMTA-CALCE symposium will offer industry professionals access to sessions, lectures, panel discussions, and workshops, all geared toward how to better safeguard the supply chain from counterfeiting.

In a session entitled “Risks to the Supply Chain” Figueroa's and Chesla's presentation, “Proactive Supply Chain Collaboration and Qualification,” will examine vendor qualification from the perspective of both end manufacturers and vendors. On the manufacturing side, Chesla will discuss strategies for managing supply chain risk, especially that posed by counterfeit components, and will detail key selection criteria for qualifying a vendor. Figueroa will present an independent distributor’s  view of supply chain risk management, describing the importance of customer/vendor collaboration, certification and accreditation standards, investment in sophisticated laboratory tools and standardized processes and procedures, integrated systems to ensure quality standard adherence, and constant focus on continual improvement and development of a pro-quality culture.

“We are looking forward to presenting at this symposium and sharing Smith & Associates’ anti-counterfeiting expertise alongside noted supply chain and anti-counterfeiting authorities,” said Figueroa. “Smith & Associates practices industry-best standards for product quality and authenticity at different levels of the supply chain, and the SMTA-CALCE presentation will be a significant step toward disseminating the latest sourcing, quality,  and testing knowledge to improve counterfeit mitigation strategies to meet the constantly-evolving counterfeit threat and keep the supply chain strong.”  

WHAT: SMTA/CALCE Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain Symposium
WHEN: June 25-27, 2013
WHERE: Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

For more information on Smith & Associates’ participation in the upcoming symposium, visit SMTA’s conference page, or see CALCE’s listing of “Abstracts for Tech Sessions.”

About Smith & Associates
Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately-held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $450 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam are ISO certified. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Austin, Silicon Valley, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Denver. For more information, see or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

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