Counterfeit connectors can damage your products and your brand. We asked CamdenBoss marketing technical adviser, Lewis Letchford, how to safeguard your BOM and what to look out for when sourcing connectors.
What type of connectors are available from CamdenBoss?
Our connector range extends from terminal blocks to waterproof connectors. CamdenBoss manufactures quality through hole and wire-to-wire connectors, including our core range of PCB and pluggable terminal blocks available in various pitch sizes, plus IP68 field/ panel connectors and terminal strips.
What accreditations does CamdenBoss hold for its various connector ranges?
Alongside UL and VDE approvals that test the safety and electrical rating of components, CamdenBoss is fully RoHS and REACH accredited ensuring that we use non-hazardous, non- conflict materials in the manufacture of our products. Materials are also tested to UL flammability ratings to provide safety in high heat applications.
Accreditations from leading approval bodies are a sign of authenticity. They ensure that not only are the parts genuine, they are also safe to use within electronic systems.
Has CamdenBoss experienced counterfeit connectors?
Ultimately no, we haven’t had an experience of counterfeit connectors. Although we ensure all our products have logos on them so that they are physically recognisable, there have been instances where a customer with our product has asked us to check stock. We were able to identify and trace the samples directly back to our factory, which is a level of traceability all manufacturers should have.
How does CamdenBoss ensure that only genuine products are supplied, including from its distributors?
Counterfeit connectors enter circulation through illegal manufacture and illegal representation of an authorized brand, leading consumers to think they are purchasing a genuine product. They can also enter through unauthorised distribution.
To ensure that counterfeit parts do not enter circulation in this way, CamdenBoss authorises only trusted distributors to sell its connectors. This means purchasers can instantly dismiss unauthorised distributors selling counterfeit connectors online. The trusted distributors chosen by CamdenBoss can be found on our website.
Products purchased through unlawful distributors are not covered by compliance tests and therefore run the risk of damaging your products and brand as they are unfit for use. Parts do not undergo the same quality checks as genuine connectors, which can cause serious issues if implemented into electrical circuits and systems. A lack of quality may also be a sign the part it not genuine.
What advice would you offer purchasers to avoid counterfeit product?
To avoid these issues, we urge that only authorised distributors are used to purchase connectors. Contact the manufacturer if you become aware of a suspicious distributor and they can quickly tell you if there is a problem to be addressed. Finally, be aware that packaging can also be an indicator that parts are inferior.