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OEM Ball Bearings Vs Dangerous Look-A-Likes

Posted By: Nancy Cogliandro, Marketing Director, PKB (Nancy, pacamor at msn dot com)   07/30/2008


OEM Ball Bearings vs Dangerous Look-A-Likes


As happens several times each year, once again counterfeit bearings are surfacing in the marketplace.  In the recent issue of Purchasing Magazine (7/17/08), Susan Avery explains how counterfeit bearings raise a red flag for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) buyers. 

We applaud Ms. Avery for reminding Purchasing Magazine readers of this growing risk in the bearings industry with her timely article "MRO Buyer Beware: Counterfeit Products May Be In Supply Chain".  PKB works diligently to ensure that our products are sold directly to OEMs and by reputable and reliable distributors for the MRO market.

PKB's CEO, Augustine Sperrazza, authored the often quoted article "Don't Want Counterfeit Ball Bearings? Know Your Supplier", published in Machine Design Magazine some time ago. You can catch a summary here, http://www.pacamor.com/white_papers/070705_md.php or read the entire article here, http://machinedesign.com/ContentItem/60157/DontwantcounterfeitballbearingsKnowyoursupplier.aspx.

Ms. Avery states, "While strong growth in China and other developing regions is impacting energy and steel prices, it also is causing global shortages of some mechanical components essential to industrial production such as bearings.

In fact, delivery lead-times on some bearings such as large bore bearings used in metal processing and mining applications have stretched to up to three years.

Needing to purchase these parts, some buyers have resorted to using unfamiliar sources that promise brand-name products but do not deliver the real thing. Inevitably, these counterfeit products fail. Failure can cause a production line to come down, or even more serious consequences, such as an accident that causes bodily injury or death." 

She continues, "Bearings manufacturers and distributors say such reports of fake bearings being passed off as genuine are rising, although they are unsure of the breadth of the problem right now."

Read the entire article here: http://www.purchasing.com/article/CA6577314.html

PKB is well aware of the lengthening lead times and missed delivery schedules from our peers in the bearing industry.  PKB proudly maintains an on-time delivery rating of 99.4% and a standard lead time of 4-6 weeks for most catalog bearing designs.  By providing on-time delivery and short lead times, we hope to motivate bearing users to choose a reliable ball bearing brand every time.  Therefore reducing risk and increasing their products' reliability in the marketplace.


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