WHEN THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM FAKE

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - FRONT PAGE -

The coun­ter­feit prod­uct in­dus­try is one of the big­gest in the world, ex­pected to top USD 1.7 tril­lion glob­ally this year.

It is shock­ing to learn that the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­ported that 520,000 coun­ter­feit air­line parts are in­stalled each year in Amer­i­can planes. More than half a mil­lion bad parts – it is hard to com­pre­hend and not what you want to re­alise as you plum­met to Earth.

Fur­ther­more, fake mo­tor­ing parts are so ram­pant they are con­sid­ered a can­cer to the US car in­dus­try. Closer to home Toy­ota Aus­tralia has lodged Fed­eral Court pro­ceed­ings against two in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers that have been selling coun­ter­feit airbag parts, man­u­fac­tur­ing the spi­ral ca­bles and advertising them as gen­uine Toy­ota parts. Which just goes to show that coun­ter­feit­ers are not at all con­cerned at the end re­sult, only the money.

While Toy­ota New Zealand re­port­edly says coun­ter­feit parts are not an is­sue in this coun­try, coun­ter­feit prod­uct in many in­dus­tries is.

In June 2013 DEMM Mag­a­zine re­ported that thou­sands of coun­ter­feit NSK branded parts have made their way into New Zealand and been passed off as the gen­uine prod­uct to un­sus­pect­ing buy­ers. Then CEO of NSK New Zealand, Wayne Camp­bell, had vis­ited at least one firm to con­front man­agers about selling sub­stan­dard prod­ucts un­der the NSK name, and another was fac­ing le­gal ac­tion by the in­ter­na­tional bear­ing man­u­fac­turer. The com­pany said that it had come across fail­ures in ma­chin­ery as a re­sult of poor qual­ity bear­ings and when it in­ves­ti­gated found they were all coun­ter­feits in one case, and 95 per cent of another case were coun­ter­feit.

Too many firms, said NSK, are look­ing off-shore for parts and be­ing duped into buy­ing goods from busi­nesses pass­ing them­selves off as au­tho­rised sup­pli­ers. It can be easy to be duped or swayed. At least once a week Cameron Black­bourn Di­rec­tor of Tas­man Re­li­a­bil­ity So­lu­tions Ltd re­ceives an email sim­i­lar to the one be­low, from var­i­ous com­pa­nies. He says in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing graph­ics the fil­ters look like the orig­i­nal equip­ment – boxes and all – but are made from dif­fer­ent media. There is no easy way to dif­fer­en­ti­ate them, he says and that the buyer would prob­a­bly only know once their ma­chine had failed. And then any money saved buy­ing a cheap im­i­ta­tion is lost, as down­time, re­pairs and re­place­ment takes place.

Sub­ject: Hy­draulic Fil­ter Parts Hello, Dear Client, Sorry to trou­ble you again, Good day! This is Car­rie from AIDA fil­ter fac­tory, one of the first movers for fil­ter busi­ness. Glad to know that you are in fil­ter line, so I write let­ter to you hope­fully to be your hon­est dealer and trust­wor­thy sup­plier in China. May I have your nor­mal de­mand fil­ter code list please? We will give you best of­fer and tech­ni­cal ad­vice Here be­low are main Re­place­ment fil­ters we pro­duce: *Hy­draulic Fil­ter Re­place­ment HYDAC / Parker / Rexroth / In­ter­nor­men / PALL / MPFILTRI/ Fil­trec/ Stauff/ Vick­ers/ In­dufic/ ARGO/ Hypro/ Tai­sei Ko­gyo/ EPE/ UFI Stan­dard Se­ries If you have cer­tain fil­ter de­mand, just give the part num­ber. I make your of­fer in 24 hours. Thanks & Best Re­gards Car­rie

Coun­ter­feit­ers are very skil­ful, they have to be if they are go­ing to get a fis­cal share of this very rich pie. Their web­sites can look ex­tremely pro­fes­sional and au­then­tic

and prices are com­pet­i­tive, of course. This could well be your first clue and, em­ploy­ing the age-old adage ‘if it looks too good to be true, if prob­a­bly is’ is prob­a­bly your ba­sic and best line of de­fence.

There is no gov­ern­ment agency tasked with pre­vent­ing dan­ger­ous en­gi­neer­ing parts from be­ing im­ported into New Zealand and parts and ma­te­ri­als can en­ter New Zealand un­der var­i­ous free trade agree­ments. Were manda­tory test­ing of all im­ported goods to be in­tro­duced such rules would also need to ap­ply to New Zealand-made prod­ucts in or­der to not ap­pear pro­tec­tion­ist. There was in 2011, and prob­a­bly still is, lit­tle sup­port for manda­tory test­ing. This does not, how­ever, pre­vent test­ing be­ing a manda­tory con­di­tion of any pro­cure­ment con­tract.

IPENZ of­fers the fol­low­ing dot points:

• Spec­ify care­fully.

• Pro­cure smartly.

• Over­see and mon­i­tor.

• Buy au­then­tic prod­ucts: The web­site www.ea­ton.com/coun­ter­feit pro­vides an ex­am­ple of this sys­tem.

• Ver­ify au­then­ti­ca­tion.

• Scru­ti­nise la­bels and pack­ag­ing.

• Be wary of “bar­gains”.

• Pay close at­ten­tion to prod­ucts pur­chased.

• Make sure ev­ery­thing that should be there, is there, as coun­ter­feit prod­ucts of­ten don’t in­clude sup­ple­men­tary ma­te­ri­als such as the owner’s man­ual or prod­uct reg­is­tra­tion card.

Go to https://www.ipenz.org.nz/IPENZ/ Engi­neer­ing_Prac­tice/Guid­ance/Guide­lines. cfm for full and com­plete de­tails.

See also www.stop­fake­bear­ings.com

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