Straight from the Show: International Fastener Expo 2023

The 2023 International Fastener Expo, the premier gathering for fastener professionals, recently concluded its annual event with resounding success. This year’s event, held from October 9 to 11, 2023, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, USA, brought together over 4300 industry exhibitors and attendees from around the world. The event featured a wide range of activities including the annual Golf Tournament, Welcome Reception Party, bustling expo floor, diverse educational sessions and award ceremony, all designed to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing within the fastener industry.

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From Scandal to Solution: Existing Tools that Could Have Stopped a Counterfeit Spare Parts Fraud

Aramid Technologies, the creator of SmartCert and a leader in aerospace quality assurance, offers a summary and insight related to the recent counterfeit aircraft parts scandal involving London, UK-based AOG Technics. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have confirmed that UK-based AOG Technics distributed parts for one of the most widely used commercial aircraft engines, falsely certifying they were manufactured by Safran and General Electric (GE). In July a maintenance shop flagged suspicious parts that looked to have been previously used, but were accompanied by Author- ized Release Certificates (ARCs) indicating they were new.

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