Vigilant Components Takes Risk Out of Component Sourcing

The UK Electronics Alliance estimates that counterfeit electronic components entering the UK market could be costing the industry £1bn a year. For OEMs & EMS companies, the risk of these counterfeit components appearing in their supply chains can leave them wide open to system failure. That’s one of the reasons Vigilant was established:

Vigilant Components, the new independent electronics distributor launched by the £30m Paragon Electronics Group, has been established to extend the remit of traditional sourcing to cover  full component testing, counterfeit detection and verification to provide ‘Total Supply Chain Integrity.” By partnering with such a high integrity component distributor, customers can avoid the pitfalls of the grey market – where it’s never easy to check the provenance of the part.

Graham Smith, MD of Paragon’s Electronics Division says, “We have systems, procedures, equipment and people to take the risk out of sourcing electronic components for our customers. They benefit from our sophisticated in-house Component Test Laboratory which is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, including specialist X-ray, electrical test systems, microscopes and chemical marking analysis.

Not only do we verify the provenance of electronic components we source in-house, we also provide a full test, verification and counterfeit detection service option for components purchased independently by our customers.”


Graham concludes; “Vigilant’s team is one of the most experienced, well equipped and highly trained in the industry and their remit goes beyond the traditional one of simply sourcing and shipping. Our comprehensive anti-counterfeit component inspection services enable us to verify the provenance of electronic components and by teaming with Paragon’s kitting, VMI and logistics expertise, we can deliver them to our customers exactly when, where and how they need them.”

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