Buy Safe: Avoid Counterfeit Products

Using counterfeit bearings and other components can have damaging consequences to your business.

In recent years, the global fight against counterfeit bearings and other machinery components has intensified. Seizures of fake bearings have hit the news and major bearings brands have stepped up efforts to work with the authorities to identify and prosecute companies that sell counterfeits. 

Fake products are usually of poor quality, produced at low-cost and may not meet standards for product reliability. Installing counterfeit bearings, which are often made of inferior materials, have imprecise measurements and contain surface defects, can put your business at risk.

Counterfeit products can lead to catastrophic machinery failure

Equipment failure can result in costly production downtime and property damage. At worst, it can result in injuries or even death in the workplace. Dealing with counterfeit bearings can also pose legal consequences. 

As bearings are an important component in power plants, vehicles, elevators, hospital equipment, mining equipment, production facilities and many more; it is important to use only authentic, high-quality bearings.

This is why it is important to buy from an authorized supplier

At SLS, we only supply authentic bearings and components by our brand principals. In addition, we offer proper installation and maintenance by our experienced technical professionals who are certified and officially trained by our brand principals.

To ensure that the products you are using is genuine and safe and to protect your company's brand reputation and your customers, it is prudent only to buy bearings from authorized and reputable distributors

If you suspect you have inadvertently bought counterfeit bearings  or other products, or know of any suspicious activities, please contact your sales or service engineer representative to report this.

5 Tips to Avoid Counterfeit Products:

1. Buy your products only from authorized distribution partners.

2. Avoid buying from unauthorized internet re sellers or third-party re sellers.

3. Ask for proof of authenticity.

4. Contact the manufacturer directly should you suspect product of being a counterfeit.

5. Use apps from brand manufacturers such as SKF's Authenticate app or Schaeffler's OriginCheck app to verify the product's authenticity.


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by SLS on April 12, 2019

categories: Product- Bearings

Written by SLS

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