Posts Tagged ‘counterfeit bearings’

Counterfeit Bearings Production – Watch the Raid

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Counterfeit bearings are a problem. You rely on bearings to keep your machinery running properly. When the bearings fail, you have down time.

Here’s an interesting video showing Chinese authorities performing a raid at a counterfeit bearings workshop. Low cost bearings are being branded to look like much higher quality bearings.

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Keep Away from Counterfeit Bearings

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Counterfeit products are an issue for all branded bearing manufacturers – existing in all geographical markets, industrial segments and for all types and sizes of bearings.

Difficult to identify, counterfeits are labeled and marketed with another company’s brand illegally, and put in packaging which appears identical to genuine packaging used by the actual brand owner.

Counterfeit bearings are sold to customers who are unsuspecting, at around the same price as genuine products. There is money to be made in this market, making it prevalent and dangerous.

It is a big deal that counterfeits exist and are being sold to customers unbeknownst to them, because people are being cheated, and the risks can be serious. Counterfeits can cause machinery breakdowns and even injuries if used.

Sometimes “the eye test” is not enough to ensure your safety against counterfeit bearings. They can be difficult to identify, yet made of substandard materials, making them less reliable.

The best way to protect yourself from counterfeit bearings is to always purchase through an Authorized channel. If possible, do the research on the front end. Self-education is your best defense against counterfeits.

Some companies have made it easy for people to check if you are working with an authorized channel, such as NSK, who offers this toll-free number 1.800.675-4898 on their website. They have partnered with the World Bearing Association and its efforts to protect against counterfeiting.

SKF also offers assistance with counterfeits. On their website, they offer – “If you believe that you have accidentally purchased a counterfeit, or would like to anonymously inform us of activity in this area, contact SKF at genuine@skf.com.”

It is important to engage the premium brand manufacturer concerned with counterfeits of their products.

In the words of Mike Schmidt, “there exists a major difference between trying to avoid the purchase of counterfeit products and actually avoiding the purchase of counterfeit products.”

Remember, safety first.

Why Counterfeit Bearings Are A No-No

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Fake bearings are surfacing everywhere. Buyers need to be extra cautious with the bearings they buy for their equipment. They might be getting counterfeit ones. There are myriads of crooked companies that mislabel their counterfeit products and sell them as brands from reputed bearing companies. These low-quality bearings don’t just ruin your machines; chances are, they could ruin your business, too.

With counterfeit bearings, you don’t get what you pay for. When you pay for premium and get average, or even downright faulty products, you get cheated. Always see to it that you’re getting your money’s worth. Always get your products from trusted sources.

Counterfeit bearings could pose a threat to operations, to your money, and to human lives. Faulty and worn-out bearings can get damaged and fail fairly quickly. At best, they may bring about frequent equipment downtime and repair. Fake bearings can also be the reason for shutdowns in mills and production facilities, and tragic auto accidents, just to name a few morose incidents. Faulty, counterfeit bearings, could also come with legal consequences for you as a buyer and/or distributor.

For the most part, it’s hard to tell a genuine and a counterfeit bearing apart. They won’t look scratched, rusty or dirty. They might not even come cheaper. Most of the time, they look like the real deal, and will be marketed like it, too. Even its packaging could be skillfully imitated. If you ever suspect that you bought or distributed counterfeits, touch base with the premium brand manufacturer concerned.

Counterfeiting is a crime. Thus, it’s unethical. It puts lives and property at risk, considering the dubious quality of counterfeit products. It is a form of theft of intellectual property, like patents and trademarks, and repute. These are critical concepts in the economy of this day and age, enabling economic development relying upon ideas and innovations. If you buy or sell a counterfeit product, you automatically support the counterfeiting trade.

The Hazards of Counterfeit Bearings

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Where there are premium products, there are always rip-offs. Some are downright ridiculous, while others pose serious life threats, bearings being one of those. A lot of things in our daily lives rely upon bearings. Fake bearings could put businesses, and God forbid, lives, at risk.

Counterfeit bearings may resemble the real deal, but performance-wise, they are by no means similar. It’s a current problem across the globe these days, and counterfeiters make a lot out of this.

The World Bearing Association’s awareness campaign displays the problems and safety concerns caused by rip-offs. Watch the video for the full story on just how dangerous fake bearings could be.