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Extrusion machine operators are usually looking for, and find ways to make, extrusion machines more efficient or more convenient to use. Insta-Pro Intl extruders are known to endure through years of wear and tear but any quality machine can stop working properly if it is not well taken care of.  For example, during maintenance do we really need to pay attention when choosing between original parts versus locally fabricated parts? Most of us, including customers, agree it’s better to use original parts than locally fabricated parts.  This has been talked about in past blogs, but in this blog, I will be talking about how this affects the region of the world I am from, SE Asia.

When a part is broken down on an extruder, most people find the cheapest part they can buy in the shortest amount of time so there is as little immediate downtime as possible.  But does that solution truly fix the problem?  Before we answer that, let’s analyze the situation.  The machine you bought is top of the line by standards of technology and the metallurgy that is used to stand the high temperature short time process. When a local part of lower quality is used to replace an Insta-Pro Intl part, the local part will be unable to stand the high temperature process causing the part to break down within a short amount of time.

In addition, every time you use local parts to replace original parts, the other remaining original parts can also become damaged as the local parts break down. Using local or cheaper parts may save you a few dollars in the short run, however the damage they do to your machine might cost you much more in the long run.

Lastly, using local copies does impact the quality of your product coming out of the extruder.  This can create negative consequences with your customers or animal performance.

Buying originals parts may cost you little more upfront, but according to a study by Iowa State University in the United States, Insta-Pro Intl original parts outlast the competition.  When you compare to how many local parts you go through and the interruption time of having to change parts more frequently, and the potential loss of business, you will save more money and less headaches long term if you purchase original parts.

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