NEW Incoming Inspection of Materials & Packaging "Innovation Inroads" to Better Prote

2017 NIPHLE Annual Training Event

Picatinny Arsenal

ARDEC Headquarters

Building Number 93

NIPHLE Event Training

Picatinny Arsenal

Lindner Conference Center

New Jersey

Incoming Inspection:Verification of Material or Packaging is Your First Step

ESD Qualification Sequence for Product Verification and Benchmarking

to Guard against Suspect Counterfeiting and Nonconformance!


Robert J. Vermillion, CPP, Fellow

NASA SME Electrostatics

Certified ESD & Product Safety Engineer-iNARTE

RMV Technology Group, LLC

NASA-Ames Research Park

Moffett Field, CA 94035

Date: 11 May 2017 Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

POC: Mike Werneke at: 817-466-7490 or

Did you know that even if original components have not been tampered with, the outer protective packaging, if counterfeit or ESD Non-Compliant, can damage EEE sensitive devices?

ABSTRACT: Guest Speaker, Bob Vermillion, CPP, Fellow was first to present on issues of suspect counterfeit ESD packaging & materials in the DoD Supply Chain for the 2010 NASA Quality Leadership Forum (QLF). As the most advanced ESD Materials Test Lab of all NASA sites, RMV also tests products and materials used by the DLA, DoD prime contractors, suppliers and distributors for volatile environments such as “antistatic” sorbent pads (for diesel spills) and resistance testing of conductive carriers for explosives manufacturing.

In April 2016, by special invitation from NASA GIDEP (the Federally funded program that tracks counterfeit parts, components and materials), Bob Vermillion, NASA SME, demonstrated how Internet Packaging Purchases provide a venue for sales of not only Nonconforming packaging, but also materials that can be Suspect Counterfeit.

Organizations can no longer rely upon a supplier’s Technical Data Sheet for compliance to ANSI/ESD S541 or Mil-Standards. In 2012, Dr. Doug White (US Army, DAC) and Bob Vermillion presented a groundbreaking white paper on “ESD Packaging for Supplier Non-conformance & The Importance of Proper Training & Qualification Testing as an Effective Countermeasure for Mitigation” for the NIPHLE Annual Event, Washington, DC.

To mitigate the increase in non-compliant or Suspect Counterfeit materials or packaging, due diligence in the Incoming Inspection Test of a protective package constitutes a major first step toward supplier compliance.

Today’s Incoming Inspection must include the verification of Static Control Packaging as well as the COT or GOT to insure compliance. Moreover, the End User cannot “assume” that a product when housed in a protective package (such as an ESD grid bag) is a static shielding structure just because of a printed label or stamp or shipping instructions sign off.

From the OEM and the Distributor down to the End User, the DoD Supply Chain is being compromised due to lack of verification at the point of incoming inspection. For example, Dip Tube (IC Carriers), JEDEC Trays and Tape & Reel pose potential risks during transport, incoming inspection, staging, assembly and the pick and place process due to the significant rate of non-compliance or suspect counterfeit of these materials .

Are there other incoming inspection mechanisms that a packaging specialist can implement to insure conformance? And, are there traceability testing techniques that can identify material types by the use of more advanced and cost-effective methods?

In an interactive format, this workshop will focus on how to set up a proper ESD station and the evaluation of ESD Type I & III static control shielding bags.

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Training will be taking place at the Lindner Center, Picatinny Arsenal, ARDEC Building Headquarters, Number 93.

Everyone will have to stop at the Security Building, Main Gate, to check in.

If you plan on attending, you will have to be able to present proof of US Citizenship, prior to being allowed to pass beyond the security gate. In addition to registering for the training, you must also provide your full name, current address, Driver's License Number and state that you are a US Citizen to me at and my telephone number is 937-269-5805 NLT 17 April 2017.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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