Brand protection solutions: authenticity testing & counterfeit detection


Brand protection solutions that combat gray market electronics.

Improper disposal of OEM products increases the risk of counterfeit OEM products entering the gray market. 

Today, counterfeit electronics components often appear almost identical to their authentic counterparts. As a result, counterfeit parts and products increasingly enter the supply chain. The problem is that these components are substandard. Consequently, they often meet vastly inferior specifications that diminish the value of your brand. Our brand protection solutions take the uncertainty out of the end-of-life process and ensure the integrity of your brand remains intact. 

protect your brand from gray market distribution.

If your company manufactures electronics and parts, it is essential to protect your brand through responsible electronic recycling with an R2 Certified electronics recycler. Why? Because gray market electronics are sold on the open market at large discounts. So, it pushes consumers to choose the lower-cost item over the authentic brand.  

Moreover, the vast majority of gray market electronics contain counterfeit parts and accessories that may not function properly. The counterfeit parts may, for instance, cause the electronics to malfunction or become dangerous to the end-user. 

Global Electronic Recycling protects your brand with electronics recycling programs that meet your corporate sustainability and brand protection requirements. 

Three ways we help OEMs with brand protection: 
  • Destruction Services. Each item is destroyed to your required specifications, either by shredding, shearing, or pulverizing. In addition, for your most sensitive assets and for added peace of mind, we also offer witnessed destruction.

    • Advantage: Complete destruction ensures that the items and their components cannot be resold. It is the most secure way to protect your brand and leaves no room for error. Furthermore, our complete audit includes unit count, serial number recording, and weight verification. 
  • Recycling Services. Each item is disassembled into core components and metals. Then, metals and plastics are recycled so they can be used in the manufacturing of new goods. After that, components are harvested for re-use in other applications. 

    • Advantage. Each component that can be harvested and re-used for other electronic applications is an opportunity to recover value and extend the life of the component. 
  • ITAD Services with Authenticity Testing & Certification. Each item is rigorously tested, repaired with authentic parts, and remarketed.   

    • Advantage. You can rest assured that items you designate for secondary market sales through our ITAD Program meet your performance and cosmetic standards prior to resale. 
authenticity testing

3rd party authenticity testing, auditing your resellers for compliance 

authenticity testing is the key to counterfeit detection. 

If your company creates electronic assets from refurbished components, your reputation is on the line. And the same goes for your resellers. To safeguard your operation, you need to authenticate your products and detect any counterfeits before they go to market. 

By leveraging authenticity testing, you can uncover counterfeit schemes and substandard parts. In other words, it’s your best tool for counterfeit electronic component detection. To sum up, our brand protection solutions can help you eliminate the risk of high replacement costs, delays in time to market, and damage to your company’s reputation.

Take advantage of our testing and authentication experts to identify counterfeit components that can harm your corporate brand. With our proprietary methods for independent testing, you get authentication of your electronics, visual inspection of electronics components, and certificate verification. 

Four ways we identify counterfeit electronics components
  • Visual inspection. Advancements in counterfeiting have made it more difficult to identify irregularities. Today, we look for sizing measurements that deviate from the specifications on the OCM datasheet, component markings, mold cavities, and evidence of blacktopping. 

  • X-ray inspection. It is much more difficult to duplicate the interior of an electronics component. The most common irregularities identified by x-ray inspection include die sizing, lead-frame, wire bonds, incorrect wire-bonding diagram, missing die, and variations in die bonding. 

  • Electrical testing. Electrical testing measures the functional and parametric requirements at extreme operating temperatures. 

  • Decapsulation. Decapsulation uses acids, bases, and solvents to remove the mold compound covering the die, allowing inspectors to view the component’s inner workings with a high-powered microscope to identify irregularities. 

do you need a partner to authenticate the electronic assets sold under your name?


counterfeit detection through the secret shopper service.

Aftermarket parts or the sale of counterfeit electronics under your brand name pose a threat that shouldn’t be ignored. But you can protect the reputation of your company and authorized resellers. Put the Global Electronic Recycling brand protection solutions to work with our secret shopper program. Design, launch, report — we take care of it for you. Above all, the secret shopping program delivers peace of mind. Here’s how:

  • First of all, the secret shopper program is entirely secure. We use an offsite receiving location to maintain the secret shopper program’s confidentiality and keep the program (and the assets) secure.

  • Secondly, electronics sold under your brand name are tested and authenticated. Our experts inspect, test, and authenticate electronics sold under your brand name.

  • Finally, you receive a full report of the results. You receive a comprehensive report detailing the authenticity and quality of the assets resellers are marketing under your brand.

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