Oem Vs Non Oem Parts


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between OEM and Non-OEM coffee equipment parts are? Customers often ask what is the difference, why is one brand more expensive than another or does one brand have a higher quality? Today’s companies rarely manufacture their own parts in house, there facility is more like a destination of where the entire coffee maker is assembled, tested, packaged and sold. Today we will explore all those questions and do our best to provide accurate answers.

What does OEM mean?
      OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, technically this means that the part that is stamped OEM means it is approved and sold by the original manufacturer.

What does Non-OEM mean?
      Non-OEM stands for Not the Original Equipment Manufacturer, technically this means that the part is not approved and or sold by the original manufacturer.

What designates the difference in OEM vs. Non-OEM?
      That’s a big question and very difficult to answer but I can shed some light on this subject. Foodservice equipment OEM and Non-OEM parts can be the same part with different labeling and or branding. Not too many coffee equipment brands manufacture their own parts, instead their parts are manufactured by component or contract manufacturers. The company purchases these parts from the manufacture and assembles their coffee equipment in house, some brands don’t even assemble their equipment as it’s all manufactured and assembled somewhere else for them. The parts they use in these machines would be referred to as OEM parts.

Are Non-OEM parts as good and safe as OEM?
      All manufacturers state their Non-OEM parts meet or exceed the OEM parts expectations, meet or exceed, what does that mean. This means the Non-OEM part meets the same requirements that the brand requests, which means the quality is the same. A lot of aftermarket manufacturers state they take it a step further and look for failures in the OEM product and have the Non-OEM part made better than the OEM. A popular slogan in the aftermarket industry and every industry including, electronics, automotive, foodservice etc. is “Our product meets and or exceed manufacture specifications” This means it’s just as good if not better and it’s a lot cheaper because we didn’t stamp the Big Brand Name on it.