CONSUMER GOODS, ELECTRONICS

CONSUMER GOODS, ELECTRONICS

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) estimates that counterfeiting costs U.S. semiconductor manufacturers $7.5 billion a year in lost revenue and U.S. workers nearly 11,000 jobs. Blacktopping or resurfacing of integrated circuits (IC) removes crucial information that allows identification of the OEM, and counterfeiters are highly proficient at this activity. While it is possible to detect these efforts, it requires forensic analysis using expensive lab instrumentation to see the embedded circuitry.

Stardust can protect the OEM marks from counterfeiting and simplify the entire process with a field-ready device yielding instantaneous results. Our technology changes the burdensome detection of counterfeits into a seamless process of accepting inventory or checking before installation of parts. Our marker can be integrated directly into the original component marking or as part of a post OEM certification of quality. Incorporating our technology into the manufacturing process allows for crucial components to be validated by government buyers and sets your supply apart from antiquated alternatives that can be copied and passed off as valid.

In addition to ICs, even the simplest components are susceptible to faking. For example, our technology addressed authenticating counterfeit capacitors within manufactured equipment used in the medical field. Tolerances and quality determine the functionality of the circuits that use these components, where a small change in the parameters can spell disaster for the manufacturer and certainly for the patient.


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food beverage alcohol

FOOD & BEVERAGE

FOOD & BEVERAGE

food beverage alcoholThe profits of the underground industry producing counterfeit beverages and foods has been estimated at $49 billion a year. In addition to the more high-profile issue of counterfeit alcohol, other highly counterfeited foods include coffee, vanilla extract, maple syrup, apple juice, honey, milk, and olive oil. Some food items are regionally significant, and the location is part of the branding that criminals copy. Dilution of prime brands with inferior products presents a concern as well.

This type of counterfeiting, because the product is ingestible, is considered a worldwide consumer safety issue. Undisclosed adulterations, particularly faced by a consumer with food allergies, could lead to dire consequences. Legitimate food purveyors suffer errant product recalls due to consumer safety concerns or see a decline in their brand’s reputation as a result of a bad counterfeit product experience, permanently damaging the brand in the eyes of that consumer.

Food tampering and counterfeiting have completely discredited China’s production of baby formula and its consumers seek out products that are produced abroad to keep their babies safe. The trouble is that counterfeiters then copy the packaging of the other countries to exploit the price difference. If there are criminals willing to poison baby formula, your product needs protection from Stardust.

Geographic food specialties are quickly becoming globally recognized brands like Champagne and Parmigiano. Legislation helps the brand owners preserve the value of the name. However, without a way to authenticate the origin, it’s impossible to separate the real from the fake. More commonly, valuable time is wasted as large shipments sit idle at world’s ports of entry awaiting verification, and the ability to quickly authenticate products and shipments of goods marked with Stardust can increase the flow of goods and reduce the potential of spoilage.


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