NSK – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:19:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 NSK wins two Toyota supplier awards https://tiresandparts.net/news/nsk-wins-two-toyota-supplier-awards/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/nsk-wins-two-toyota-supplier-awards/#respond Wed, 17 Mar 2021 11:52:28 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34509 On an annual basis, TME takes a look back at the performance of its suppliers over the previous financial year. The Certificate of Recognition in the Supply category, for instance, supports the company’s aim to ensure every Toyota customer is entirely satisfied with his or her vehicle. TME recognises the vital role of suppliers in […]

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On an annual basis, TME takes a look back at the performance of its suppliers over the previous financial year. The Certificate of Recognition in the Supply category, for instance, supports the company’s aim to ensure every Toyota customer is entirely satisfied with his or her vehicle. TME recognises the vital role of suppliers in the mutual quest to achieve continuous improvement.
KPIs (key performance indicators), such as overall delivery performance (including service parts and accessories), form an integral part of the judging process. TME awards 10 suppliers in the Supply category with a Certificate of Recognition, which for 2020 (covering the 2019 financial year period) includes NSK Europe.
The company also secured an Achievement Award in the Quality category; only 3-5 suppliers each year are successful in winning this accolade. Quality represents both the backbone and DNA of TME. Many OEMs use PPM to measure the number of defects that occur in a million parts. Warranty claims and response to quality issues are among further supplier criteria scrutinised for the award.
NSK’s EABU delivers various products to TME’s engine and transmission plants in the UK and Poland. These include ball bearings, tapered roller bearings and rocker arms from NSK manufacturing facilities in Kielce (Poland) and Peterlee (UK), as well as from Saitama and Takasaki in Japan. NSK also delivers wheel bearings to TME car assembly plants in France, Turkey and South Africa, and soon to the Czech Republic.

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NSK initiatives combat counterfeit bearing manufacture https://tiresandparts.net/news/nsk-initiatives-combat-counterfeit-bearing-manufacture/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/nsk-initiatives-combat-counterfeit-bearing-manufacture/#respond Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:43:23 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=32622 To highlight the extent of the problem, around 23,000 counterfeit NSK packages and labels were recently discovered in Hebei Province, China, while a follow-up raid at another factory owned by the same offender revealed over 90,000 counterfeit bearing boxes and 10 imitation printing plates covering four major bearing companies, including NSK. Upon examining the premises, […]

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To highlight the extent of the problem, around 23,000 counterfeit NSK packages and labels were recently discovered in Hebei Province, China, while a follow-up raid at another factory owned by the same offender revealed over 90,000 counterfeit bearing boxes and 10 imitation printing plates covering four major bearing companies, including NSK.
Upon examining the premises, the range of machinery and equipment in-situ indicated the level of capability many counterfeiters have at their disposal. Several machines for printing, laminating, die-cutting, creasing and cutting were discovered. Aside from the fake boxes, officials also found many stacks of uncut packages, most of which were NSK.
All products were confiscated and taken to the Market Supervisory Board (MSB), the local trademark infringement office.
Revealing the real cost The acquisition of counterfeit bearings is not cost effective. Although such products may come with a lower price tag, due to issues such as poor-quality machining and the use of lower grade raw materials, they will almost certainly fail prematurely. Early bearing failure impacts on product/system reliability, introducing unplanned maintenance and repair costs, which in turn increase TCO (total cost of ownership). There is also a major cost associated with the subsequent damage to company/brand reputation.
NSK wants to protect customers by excluding illegal players and products from the market which have the potential to fail prematurely, most significantly, presenting an inherent safety risk. The aim is to eliminate the counterfeit syndicates, suspend counterfeit manufacturing operations and distribution channels, and take legal action against the perpetrators.
A big part of this effort involves co-operation with authorities in China. Partnering with customs and border control for instance, serves to protect against the outflow of fake bearings. To complement these efforts, raid activities are also conducted by central and local government organisations.
Let apps do the work Technology has a major role to play in the fight against replica bearings. A good example isthe recently developed ‘NSK Verify’, a free app which allows customers to assess the authenticity of machine tool bearings by using their smartphones to scan a unique 2D barcode found on the box.
As the latest step in eliminating fake bearings, NSK has joined forces with the WBA (World Bearing Association) to create a new app that is applicable to multiple manufacturers, ‘WBA Bearing Authenticator: WBA Check’. The WBA works globally to enforce the law on counterfeiters and eliminate fake bearings – including through app development. This non- profit and unincorporated industrial association promotes the common, lawful interests of the world’s bearing industry, such as open economic engagement, sustainable development and the protection of legal rights. NSK is an active member.
Similar in function to NSK Verify, the WBA Check app assesses the bearing authenticity of WBA member companies by scanning a compatible 2D barcode, making it easier for customers who use bearings from multiple manufacturers. Furthermore, if an unregistered bearing is detected, the app automatically notifies NSK.
Use an authorised source While apps are ideal for identifying fake bearings that have already arrived at the end user, a more preventative way of combatting the counterfeiters is to buy exclusively from Authorised NSK Distributors and Dealers. Such outlets obtain original NSK products directly from the NSK group and add value through the provision of advice, aftersales service and warranties.
In tandem with all of these efforts, NSK regularly promotes the value of its brand to the market via brand protection activities, along with the provision of educational programmes for distributors and colleagues.
NSK is determined to bring counterfeit manufacture to an end and help customers enjoy the benefits of genuine, high-quality, reliable bearings.
The WBA Check app can be downloaded from the official WBA website at www.stopfakebearings.com/#buysafely

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How to identify and avoid buying fake NSK bearings https://tiresandparts.net/news/how-to-identify-and-avoid-buying-fake-nsk-bearings/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/how-to-identify-and-avoid-buying-fake-nsk-bearings/#respond Wed, 30 Sep 2020 04:43:53 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=32217 Most end users that receive counterfeit bearings believe they have purchased genuine products and, lacking expertise in this technology, will find it almost impossible to tell the difference between real and fake items at the point of delivery. As a result, users are completely reliant on their supply chains to have the necessary quality control […]

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Most end users that receive counterfeit bearings believe they have purchased genuine
products and, lacking expertise in this technology, will find it almost impossible to tell the
difference between real and fake items at the point of delivery. As a result, users are
completely reliant on their supply chains to have the necessary quality control procedures in
place that avoid the arrival of counterfeit bearings.
Use authorised sources
Buying from an authorised NSK source is a certain way to guarantee the acquisition of
authentic bearings. When purchasing premium bearings from an Authorised Distributor or
Dealer, users can be sure that rigorous quality assurance procedures are in place, as this is
one of the many stringent control processes with which distributors must adhere to receive
NSK approval.
To verify the use of an approved source, visit the NSK website, where a full list of
Authorised Distributors can be found. Alternatively, call NSK for confirmation of the
distributor’s status.
A further source of potential vulnerability to counterfeits is when subcontractors are used for
repairs on assets such as electric motors, pumps, gearboxes and fans. It is sometimes
easy for a subcontractor – unaware of the dangers (which include premature failure) – to
inadvertently fit fake bearings. As a result, each subcontractor should be vetted to ensure
they know the risks that surround copycat products and have the appropriate controls in
place to avoid ill-fated acquisitions.
If there are any doubts about the authenticity of bearings, a few basic checks can help
identify NSK as the original manufacturer. To begin, check the markings. An absence of
markings is an obvious sign that the bearings are fake. If markings are present, are they
similar to standard manufacturer markings, or are they located on different areas of the
bearing to normal? Both can point to illegal manufacture.
Insufficient quality standards
Poor quality is another factor that can help reveal fraudulent bearings. A close-up inspection of the rolling elements and raceways will provide key indicators, such as rough
finishes and abnormal roller appearance. NSK’s manufacturing processes have been
refined over many decades and, in combination with rigorous quality procedures, means
there is zero potential for poor-quality products.
Another giveaway when it comes to identifying fake bearings is the packaging. In the first
instance, users should check that the bearings have been packaged in appropriate shipping
material. Insufficient or low-quality packaging means the bearings have not been supplied
by NSK. Additionally, examine the pallet configuration and container load, and compare
manufacturer country with shipment country. Crate quality should also be checked.
Once the outer packaging has been removed, observe the bearing cartons. Are the cartons
similar to other packaging received previously? Always look to see if the cartons have the
proper markings and that the logo is genuine.
The easy solution
Of course, buying from a trusted source such as an Authorised NSK Distributor will negate
the need for any of these checks. Carefully chosen and meticulously monitored, NSK
Authorised Distributors are professional, knowledgeable and service-orientated. With
extensive stocks of NSK and RHP products, and unlimited access across the range, these
distributors deliver genuine bearings quickly and reliably. In addition, everything from stock
management and product and application knowledge, through to engineering advice and
support based on a total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) approach, is assured.
Every NSK Authorised Distributor is part of a tripartite relationship delivering the peace of
mind that comes from a fully committed global and local alliance. Purchasing from these
distributors will ensure users receive factory-fresh, genuine, premium NSK bearings that
provide optimum performance levels.
Users can visit www.stopfakebearings.com to discover more about counterfeit bearings.

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Counterfeit bearings – know the risks https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/counterfeit-bearings-know-the-risks/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/counterfeit-bearings-know-the-risks/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 04:38:10 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30986 The relentless drive to remain competitive and profitable has created a culture where too many companies are forced into making purchase decisions based solely on unit price, ignoring other factors such as total cost of ownership (TCO) and performance. However, shopping around for irresistible bargains often comes at a far higher price, with many purchasing […]

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The relentless drive to remain competitive and profitable has created a culture where too
many companies are forced into making purchase decisions based solely on unit price,
ignoring other factors such as total cost of ownership (TCO) and performance. However,
shopping around for irresistible bargains often comes at a far higher price, with many
purchasing and engineering teams unaware of the risks and dangers involved from
adopting such a strategy.
The end result is usually the inadvertent acquisition and arrival of counterfeit bearings.
Although the price may have been cheaper, in reality the overall cost is likely to be
considerably greater. For a start, these poor-quality fakes fail more frequently when put into
service, increasing maintenance and downtime costs. It should also be noted that these
costs invariably far exceed the amount saved on the initial purchase.
The origins of counterfeits
Counterfeit bearings tend to originate from uncontrolled sources in countries with low-cost
economies, where disingenuous organisations use lower-grade materials that are usually
processed on ageing machines operated by low-paid, unskilled operatives. The bearings,
which are often poorly handled and stored, are then placed in boxes designed to resemble
the packaging of the manufacturer being replicated, completely disguising the inauthenticity
of the product to cheat both purchasers and users.
Inconsistent quality is assured when buying bogus bearings. Such bearings may last long
enough to pass pre-production trials, but their subsequent premature failure in the field will
cast uncertainty over the performance of the machine, system or vehicle to which they are
fitted. This eventuality can compromise brand reputation and damage sales.
Many companies finding themselves in this situation will call for help, only to discover a
complete absence of technical support or advice. Typically, counterfeiters will not have local
application engineers available to help with questions, nor will there be any modern, wellequipped
technology centres to provide test data, product defect assessments or failure
analysis.
Material matters
The materials used to produce fake bearings are not of the quality provided by OEM suppliers such as NSK, which leverages decades of experience in materials science to
ensure its bearings exceed the demands of modern industrial applications. Steel quality is
the major factor in bearing reliability, where a difference in operating life of up to 20 times
(between genuine and counterfeit) is not uncommon.
The fatigue life of alloyed bearing steels such as 100 Cr6 (or SUJ2 in the Japanese
standard) depends principally on the inclusion content. Oxide or non-metallic inclusions, in
particular, promote negative effects under the raceway surface. As an example, it is known
that aluminium oxide inclusions, which are formed via oxidisation during the melt, can lead
to a major reduction in bearing fatigue life. This effect is created because aluminium oxide
inclusions are relatively hard and can break up when steel undergoes processes such as
forging. During break-up, inclusions shrink and weaken the microstructure. Working with a
leading steel manufacturer, NSK has developed materials like Z Steel, EP Steel and
BNEQARTET to prevent this negative effect. The company also uses special melting
processes that reduce non-metallic content and prolong fatigue life.
With counterfeits, heat treatment is another factor that is often absent or poorly applied,
compromising the specific characteristics of steels and, consequently, bearings. Materials
such as NSK’s SHX steel are subjected to a specific heat treatment that is particularly
resistant to wear at high operating temperatures. Bearings of this type are required not just
when heat is present as an inherent part of the process, but in applications such as
machine tools, where fast spindle speeds generate high temperatures in the drive
components. During development, the characteristics of SHX steel were proven by means
of comprehensive wear resistance and surface fatigue life tests. Counterfeit manufacturers
do not offer this kind of product development and analysis.
The fight continues
Although NSK continues to invest extensively in efforts to identify and prosecute
counterfeiters, the advice is clear: when purchasing NSK products, customers should
exercise due caution. Only buy from trusted sources such as Authorised NSK Distributors.

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