Let’s break it down into various sectors:
According to OEM test tables, you get a consistently longer service life on original consumables.
Counterfeit parts have been proven to be less consistent and operators have to check quality of cut parts more often as there is more wear and tear on consumables.
The cutting quality of original consumables is far superior. The quality of the cut parts is far more consistent even when the consumables reach the end of their life.
Feedback from customers on non-original consumables is that they do not last as long and the cutting quality is not consistent, so in the end you are not saving any money.
Amount of pierces
The hafnium in each electrode is pressed in. This means that the Hafnium in each electrode is exactly the same as the next one. This leads to more piercings per consumable set and more consistency.
In copied parts or non – originals, the hafnium is not pressed in but cast. This leads to the amount of hafnium to vary from electrode to electrode. This means there is inconsistency and less pierces per consumable set.
When using original parts our Service Engineers can assist the operator with cutting quality issues as the machine has pre-set cutting parameters that are programmed according to the consumables.
If you are buying cheaper consumables, technicians generally cannot assist with poor cutting quality as the machine is not set up for the use of these consumables.
So, in closing we think it is pretty obvious which is the better choice. Spend the money upfront and save on money and headaches in the long run.
There are many patents that have been registered that the OEM manufacturer has researched over a long period of time and designed for optimal performance and service life.
When you have a company that is producing non-original or counterfeit consumables, the company’s manufacturing these, have to design and manufacture the consumables in such a way as not to infringe on the patent rights. This leads to inferior performance and service life.