Wear technology is an important part of industrial processing. With it, you improve safety, functionality and profitability; without it, you risk both product defects and facility downtime. It’s worth the effort to invest in high-quality wear technology.
If you’ve never purchased it before, however, you may be wondering what criteria you should use to make a smart decision. How do you know you’re buying the best? Where can you find it? How much will it cost? Before you go shopping, here are just a few things to keep in mind as you browse wear technology.
1. Know Your Needs
An overlay plate has different functions than a wear block. Tools made with poly-paraphenylene perephthalamide (PPT) might not be suitable for every environment. Make sure you know what you’re looking for when comparing and contrasting the different types of wear technology. If you don’t know what you need, you’ll probably wind up with something you don’t.
2. Give Yourself a Price Range
Prices vary dramatically depending on the size, strength, type and function of your chosen wear technology. What’s the usual price range for your field? How much do similar products cost from other brands? Do your research before deciding what is and isn’t fair in terms of price. Something may be universally expensive or uniformly cheap. You won’t know until you do your homework.
3. Ask About Warranties
Never buy something without a warranty, especially when that something is high-end wear technology. You don’t want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on equipment that you can’t return. Here are just a few questions to ask yourself as you read the fine print:
- Will they replace a defective product?
- Will they refund the full price of the product? Will they compensate me for shipping costs if I have to send it back to them?
- How long does the warranty last?
- Does the warranty cover accidents and delivery damage? If not, what problems are eligible for a refund?
Whether you work in a small warehouse or a large-scale industrial processing plant, it’s important to only buy the best in wear technology. Not only will it save you money in the long term, but it’s also critical to both the safety and durability of your products. Use these tips to make a smart purchase decision when in the market for wear technology.