It’s not only consumer items which have knockoffs but many industrial items as well. One very familiar one is replacement compressor parts. Some might be OK but….. when it’s a copy, you take a risk.
Some companies even make Nex Flow® knock-offs which when checked, are of dubious quality and one even potentially infringed a patent which the company had to address legally. The copy was also done so badly it did not work!!! A reason to address any knockoff of a product is of course to prevent your own good product from being mistakenly identified with a bad copy. We discovered all this when a customer came to us after their supplier stopped calling them back once the product, which was a Cabinet Enclosure Cooler, was found not to work. It was actually quite shocking when the copied product had a piece break off. The manufacturing was simply not good. Imagine this knocked off product on a control panel!
|The product at the left is a knockoff of a Nex Flow panel cooler. When an attempt was made to attach the unit to the control panel, the male air connection piece broke off due to bad welding or brazing.|
|After the unit air connection broke of, it was dismantled and the hot end connection indicated two things: a patent infringement which was also done in such a way that the product would not work well. This is always a danger of copies since they have no history of the original|
One area of the world where copies and even copies of copies are prevalent is in parts of Asia. Every major manufacturer of our technology has been copied and re-copied with various degrees of quality. The further down you go in this chain of events, the worse it seems to get!
Here is an example of a product, made in China that copied a well-known air nozzle manufacturer (not us by the way).
|To the left is a type of flat air nozzle which is a close copy of the original manufacturing design. What you do now know is the quality of material and because you cannot disassemble it, you do now know the quality of the inside workmanship nor design that can greatly affect actually efficiency and life span.|
It looks the same but…. what if the material is inferior? What if the product breaks and negatively affects production or worse – what if it breaks and someone gets hurt? Poor quality material will wear out faster. Most would want to avoid such knockoffs despite sometimes lower price simply for safety reasons. Here are things to look for when choosing any product which may have perhaps even several copies on the market.
Look at the web site of the company:
Look at Approvals, Certifications
|Certifications offer a level of assured performance and quality, especially those related to use on or with electrical apparatus.|
Does the Company Innovate, Service well, Product available, personnel available?
Innovations by Nex Flow®:
|Patented Nema 4/4X Panel Cooler keeps size compact, effective and with long life|
|Patented in some countries and patent pending in others, Air Mag nozzles – one of the most efficient designs on the market|
|Patented in some countries and patent pending in others, Mist Cooler combines vortex cooling of mist without need for a pump for coolant or lubricant.|
|More coming…… Innovations have just started!|
Check Internet Presence and Reputation
When purchasing a product you want a fair price, a reasonable level of quality, assured support, and to be secure that it is safe. Keep in mind the above when contacting a potential supplier can help you assess if the source is reliable and that the product you purchase is what you expect, and that you have the security of proper support if needed.