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Anti-Counterfeiting Technology in Product Design and Manufacturing: An Opportunity for Engineering Technology Programs

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Manufacturing Capstone and Design Projects

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Engineering Technology

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22.211.1 - 22.211.11



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Daniel P. Johnson Rochester Institute of Technology

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Daniel P. Johnson is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the past Program Chair for Manufacturing Engineering Technology and teaches courses in manufacturing operations, automation, robotics, and computer aided manufacturing. Prior to joining the MMET/PS Faculty he was Director of RIT’s Manufacturing Management and Leadership Program and Engineering Manager for the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. His industrial experience includes work as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer for Allied Signal. He has a Master of Engineering Degree in Manufacturing and a B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from RIT and an A.S. in Engineering Science from Hudson Valley Community College.

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Rebecca Dobbs Rochester Institute of Technology


Changfeng Ge Rochester Institute of Technology

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Dr Changfeng Ge is an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering , and a Doctor of Engineering Degree in Packaging and Distribution from University Dortmund, Germany. He is Chairman of ASTM D10.13 packaging committee. He also holds the title of Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Applied Packaging Research, U.S. His research interest include: Packaging Performance Prediction using mathematic modeling, barrier packaging material development, and transport packaging design.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Technology in Product Design and Manufacturing: An Opportunity for Engineering Technology ProgramsCounterfeit products have drawn considerable attention in recent years as a consumer problemand crime of growing concern. When considering the issue of counterfeit items, one might thinkonly about pirated music CD’s and ‘fake’ Rolex watches. However, a significant part of thecounterfeit industry is producing items that consumers may find indistinguishable from ‘the realthing’. A serious concern is items in the industrial supply chain that are not what they arepromised to be. A common example being counterfeit cell phone batteries that may pose aperformance and safety concern. Fraud in the area of counterfeit goods ranges from simplemislabeling of product, to companies completely dedicated to producing exact copies of namebrand consumer products. Items counterfeited range from sneakers with an illegal designer logo,to counterfeit prescription medications and medical devices.Counterfeiting has been estimated to be a $500B market, and one of the fastest growingindustries in the world. [1] Ongoing globalization of manufacturing, distribution and markets islikely to expand the reach of the problem and add significantly to the challenge companies willface protecting their product and supply chain integrity. Traditional enforcement is focused ondetecting items in the marketplace or as they travel through international customs procedures inthe supply chain. Prevention strategies in product design, manufacturing and packaging is aninteresting emerging cross disciplinary research area. The very applied form of engineersemerging from engineering technology programs have an opportunity to become uniquelyqualified to assist with this challenge. Common manufacturing process techniques, process andsupply chain engineering, and inspection/detection strategies may prove beneficial to companiesas they address this area of the enterprise. Merging these common techniques with new andemerging technologies in anti-counterfeiting will be an important and increasing challenge forcompanies in all parts of the supply chain, and may present a significant applied researchopportunity for engineering technology programs.This paper presents an overview of the challenge currently presented by counterfeit goods andcommon and emerging anti-counterfeiting techniques. Product design, supply chain andmanufacturing process issues related to anti-counterfeiting efforts are discussed; along with topicareas engineering technology programs may be able to develop in order to address this growingindustry challenge.

Johnson, D. P., & Dobbs, R., & Ge, C. (2011, June), Anti-Counterfeiting Technology in Product Design and Manufacturing: An Opportunity for Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17492

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