At DRB Group we supply a wide range of OEM and white label parts and equipment. This is often the perfect solution for many of our customers and, depending on the part, we are often able to supply these quickly. When a one size fits all approach works then OEM parts can be the perfect solution.

There are many benefits to using OEM parts particularly when there are time pressures involved.    In some cases, parts may be available for same day delivery or even for collection direct from our warehouse when needed urgently. In fact, we stock more than 17,000 parts, ideal if a component is required unexpectedly and at short notice.

On the downside however, there are occasionally complications with adapting the design of OEM parts and this can result in compromises in certain circumstances. For example, this could mean that strength is compromised or that parts won’t last as long as they should due to excessive wear. Therefore, an off the shelf part may not always offer the best or even the most cost-effective solution.

It is a common misconception that bespoke parts always mean longer lead times and higher prices. The situation is obviously different depending on the exact specifications and the nature of what is required but, in many cases, a bespoke part made to exact specifications can save downtime in the long run and will almost certainly perform better over time.

When considering bespoke parts, it is important that the design and manufacturing process is led by experts with the skills and experience to ensure that the end product is the perfect solution with no compromise.  It also vital that both parties work together to define what is required and what is possible.

Here at DRB we are able to provide expert product and application advice.  We will work with you to ensure you’re using the most appropriate parts for each application. We can assess and review exactly what is required and work with you to find the perfect solution to any problems whether that might be an off-the shelf solution, a modification or a component designed and manufactured uniquely for you.

Take a look at a recent case study which demonstrates the benefits and values of modifying OEM parts. DRB modified the OEM ‘Grab Arm’ for this client, in order to help them to reduce future downtime.

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