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Astute U.S. wins certification to combat counterfeits

23rd February 2024
Mick Elliott

Astute Group has attained both ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation and SAE’s Aerospace Standard (AS) 6171 certification at its U.S. distribution and testing laboratory in Austin, Texas. 

The company says that these distinguished accreditations, awarded by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), demonstrate its unwavering commitment to shielding its customers from the growing threat posed by counterfeit parts. 

Astute Group’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Mark Shanley, commented, “Congratulations to our U.S. operations – Astute Electronics Inc. – for achieving the new AS6171 standard, especially our Quality Manager, Michael Flores, and our VP of Operations, Dane Reynolds who have worked tirelessly to attain this accreditation.   

“Astute Group is on a journey to become the world’s foremost, quality-driven authorised distributor. Quality assurance has always been paramount. We pioneered our counterfeit avoidance programme around the AS6081 standard and were the first to achieve AS6081 on both sides of the Atlantic. We aim to repeat this success by achieving the AS6171 certification in the U.S., UK, and at our European laboratory in Munich, Germany.” 

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 verifies the technical competency of testing laboratories and ensures they produce reliable results.

AS6171 focuses specifically on the aerospace industry, setting standardised inspection, testing, and training requirements to identify and prevent counterfeit electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts.   

This landmark achievement bolsters Astute Group’s reputation as the global electronics supply chain partner of choice within the aerospace and defence industry.

The company says its commitment to AS6171 compliance provides its customers with confidence and peace of mind knowing their projects are built with authentic, reliable components, contributing to the overall safety and security of our nation’s defence systems.  

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