Genuine, OEM, or Aftermarket? Which CAT Part Should You Get?
When any of your Caterpillar heavy machines malfunction or breakdown, your entire operation and productivity suffers. There are many possible causes behind these problems, but neglect usually tops the list. So rather than wait for the next breakdown, you should get Caterpillar replacement parts before the current one dies on you.
But what exactly should you replace them with? Nowadays, you will find various classifications of replacement parts for heavy machinery, so it is important you know more about them before you spend too much money on something you could have had a lot of savings from. Engineered Precision Machining has a few suggestions below.
A genuine part refers to the original part placed in the machine when you first purchased it. When you buy parts like this, you will see the logo or brand name of the machine; in this case, Caterpillar. Know though, that Caterpillar does not manufacture the parts; another company is behind it. These are the costliest replacement parts in the market.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts
As mentioned above, another company takes responsibility for the manufacturing of the genuine parts on a Caterpillar equipment, or any other heavy machine for that matter. Basically, OEM parts are the same as genuine parts. The primary difference is that because they sell this to Caterpillar, the parts bear the CAT logo.
Aftermarket Caterpillar replacement parts engine parts refer to those created by other companies other than the original equipment manufacturer. These parts perform and work the same as their OEM counterparts, and sometimes, they even excel or perform better. Aftermarket parts are the least expensive replacement parts you will find on the market today.
Now that you know more about replacement parts for Caterpillar equipment, you can make a wiser choice on what type of part to get. Always prioritize the safety of your workers, so make sure you invest in products that meet the requirements set by the government.