SUSPICIOUS AND COUNTERFEIT VALVES
PHOTOS COURTESY U.S. NUCLEAR
Figure 1. Body of a counterfeit 5-inch stop check valve (left). Body of the genuine valve (right).
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In Europe, failure to act against counterfeiters can have legal consequences,
points out Orgalime, the liaison group of
the European mechanical, electrical,
electronic and metalworking industries.
Orgalime’s publication Combating Counterfeiting: A Practical Guide for European Engineering Companies points out that:
“…legal opinion has indicated that if you
have been made aware or should reasonably have been aware that your trademark was being used by counterfeiters
and did nothing to stop it, you may be
held responsible under product liability
legislation for damage caused to person
or to property by the fake product.”
SUSPECT VALVE SOURCES
The most reported source of counterfeit
valves made from scratch is China, but
refurbished used valves come from a
wider base of locations. Baker explains
that used valves become available when
plants shut down. People then buy them
up, tear them down, pull out the trim,
make repairs, then sandblast, reassemble
and repaint them.
“When an OEM rebuilds a control