Decoding Spare Parts Jargon: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Terminology

Navigating the world of spare parts can be confusing, especially if you’re new to it. But fear not, because this beginner’s guide is here to help decode industry jargon. Let’s dive in…

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
This term refers to parts that are made by the same company that produced the original equipment. They are designed to fit perfectly and meet the same quality standards as the original parts.

Aftermarket Parts
These are parts made by companies other than the original manufacturer. They can be cheaper alternatives to OEM parts but may vary in quality. Always ensure compatibility before purchasing.

Part Number
Every spare part has a unique identifier called a part number. It helps you find the exact replacement you need. If you have the part number, it makes searching for it much easier.

This refers to whether a part will fit and function correctly with your equipment. Always check compatibility before purchasing to avoid any issues.

OEM Equivalent
Some aftermarket parts claim to be “OEM equivalent.” This means they are designed to match the quality and specifications of the original part. However, it’s essential to research and ensure the claims are accurate.

Sometimes, you might not have the exact part number but can find a compatible alternative by cross-referencing with similar parts. This can be helpful when searching for replacements.

Understanding the warranty terms is crucial when purchasing spare parts. OEM parts often come with a warranty from the manufacturer, while aftermarket parts may have warranties provided by the seller.

Remanufactured Parts
These are used parts that have been refurbished to meet or exceed OEM specifications. They offer a cost-effective alternative to new parts but may have limited availability.

Genuine Parts
Similar to OEM parts, genuine parts are made by the original manufacturer. While this term is often used interchangeably with OEM, there is a difference.

“Whether you’re looking for a simple replacement or upgrading your refrigeration solutions, knowing the terminology will help you make informed decisions and avoid costly mistakes,” says Tristan Buchinhoren, managing director and founder of Spare Exparts. “Remember, if you ever feel overwhelmed or unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!”

Spare Exparts has a combined 30+ years of experience in the industrial refrigeration industry. We provide leading businesses across the world with OEM spare parts for Grasso, Sabroe, Howden, Mycom and Bitzer compressors of the highest quality.

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