Why Purchasing Non-OEM Parts Can Lead To Higher Costs
They look identical to OEM (original equipment manufacturer parts). They're even cheaper. If replicated part manufacturers can be believed, non-OEM parts perform just as well as OEM replacement parts. There might even be extra savings on delivery. However, price is not the only consideration when a pump needs repair or spare parts need to be purchased. You simply must take quality and efficiency of your parts into account. Or you might end up paying more in the long run. Here's why:
1. Purchasing non-OEM parts means that the original manufacturer's warranty becomes void.
2. Some parts are hard to replicate, and might not meet original performance specifications, for example the contours of impeller vanes. Even small design changes can have a huge impact on performance.
3. Fits and tolerances of non-OEM parts are usually inaccurate, creating opportunities for failure and shortened life right from the start.
4. Replicating parts manufacturers are focused on replicating parts. This means they usually don't spend time on research and development to keep up with improvements in hydraulic efficiencies, which means your parts may not be in line with the latest developments.
5. Replicated parts manufacturers cannot meet the latest quality standards without the original drawings.
6. The material properties and metallurgies of the non-OEM part may not meet OEM standards, creating opportunities for wear and tear, corrosion and reduced pressure.
Of course, there are some situations where you might need to buy non-OEM parts, such as when your pump is obsolete and the only parts available are replicated ones, or when you have a trusted supplier.
However, keep in mind that many non-OEM suppliers only provide the most popular high-volume parts, which means that you may need to buy low volume OEM parts anyway. If you're buying all your low-volume parts from OEMs it might make sense to buy the high-volume parts at the same time, and benefit from bulk discounts.
To avoid higher maintenance and repair costs when using non-OEM parts, first ask these questions (courtesy of Goulds Pumps) from your supplier:
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