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NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

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NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Highlighting the good from the bad

Highlighting the good from the bad FAG has warned UK industry that a flood of counterfeit bearings are making their way to the marketplace under the banner of known, quality brands. In an attempt to protect its customers from unknowingly purchasing counterfeits, FAG has commissioned biotech company Identif to develop a forgery proof protection device for a range of its rolling bearings. Whereas FAG rolling bearings are known for their superior quality, in comparison inferior counterfeit products, which are produced mainly in Asia, hold considerable safety risks. Due to their poor quality, fake bearings incur high costs in the form of machine downtime, damaged machine components, repairs and damage investigations, resulting in customer complaints and warranty claims. "To protect both our customers and our reputation suffering from the unknowing purchase of inferior forgeries, we sought to develop a product signature that efficiently guards our bearings against counterfeiting," says Kate Hartigan, INA FAG UK managing director. The customised product mark is based on a nano-optical seal and offers durability as well as high resistance to external influences such as heat. In the event of any future damage claims, it can also be used as evidence in court, even after several years of bearing operation. Since the signature is applied directly to the bearings rather than to the packaging as is usually the case, it offers maximum protection against counterfeiting. Measuring only 4mm in diameter, the signature mark turns from red to green depending on the angle of view.
 

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