Air and liquid filtration products can be divided into two major groups: Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket.
When searching for a supplier of industrial filters, it’s in your best interest to seek out one that offers OEM filters. As their name suggests, OEM filters are original products that are manufactured and sold by the same company. Another, more recognizable term used to refer to OEM products is “factory original”. Aftermarket filters differ from OEM filters in that they are produced by third-party manufacturers. They are meant to replace factory original filters and can fit into products made by other companies. Here is a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of filter.
Misconceptions About Aftermarket Filters
We supply OEM industrial filters as we believe these products meet a greater number of our customers’ needs than aftermarket alternatives. However, we recognize that aftermarket filters are in demand because they have benefits that are attractive to consumers. It is also important to clear up misconceptions about aftermarket products so that consumers have accurate information with which they can decide on the best filtration product for them. The biggest misconceptions about aftermarket filters is that they are made of lower-quality materials than OEM filters and that they have reduced functionality. While aftermarket filters are intended for use in products made by different companies, they can be made from the same materials and have similar filtration capabilities to OEM filters. They can be a great replacement of a worn out factory original filter, but they do not, however, provide as many benefits as an OEM filter does.
OEM Filters are Worth Their Price
There’s a price to be paid for the quality assurance that comes with OEM industrial filters; they are typically around 60% more expensive than aftermarket filters. This cost disparity stems from the fact that OEM filters arrive on the market through appliance parts supply chains, and pass through a number of parties to get there. Each of these parties marks up the price of the filter to get their share of the profit.
Factory original industrial filters are worth the higher price tag because they are usually certified by National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International. This certification indicates that a product reduces levels of water contaminants such as chlorine and lead. An OEM filter will remove a greater variety of contaminants than an aftermarket filter, and the certification process ensures that customers are protected from products that fail to meet health standards. Certification by NSF International is ongoing—it involves regular inspections of manufacturing facilities and testing of products. This guarantees consistency in the quality of OEM filtration products.
At Dynamic Filtration, we have been designing and manufacturing air and liquid filtration solutions since 1988. We are a family-owned business that prioritizes customer service—we aim to fulfil our customers’ exact specifications to produce custom filter products suited for their unique needs. We also supply OEM industrial filters that meet strict standards and filter out a range of contaminants. Contact us today for inlet filters, pleated air filters and filter systems from a company with over 38 years of experience in the industry!