Suspect/Counterfeit Items-Another Finding
June 6, 2001
Laboratory employees are becoming increasingly alert
to the appearance of suspect/counterfeit items. In our most recent
occurrence, a new trash tray and cable assembly were ordered directly
from a vendor by Plant Engineering's "Labour Only" group. When the
material came in, the trash tray was found to be alright but when the
box containing the cable assembly was opened, it was clear the
assembly was a suspect/counterfeit item (C/SI). The picture below
shows the cable assembly.
Several characteristics made it obvious that the assembly was not
an approved part.
The master link and hooks were painted red but did
not have "Crosby" stamped on the parts. The red colour is a
proprietary feature of Crosby parts.
The parts were not stamped with the characteristic
numbers and letters that would have indicated the part was approved
by U.S. industry standards.
A copper electrical butt-splice had been used to
attach the cable to the eyehooks. Copper is not an approved metal
for this application.
Since there was no indication that the parts had been subject to
regulated, rigorous testing, the weight limits that were stamped on
the master link and the eye hooks could not be relied on to provide
the needed safety.
|Copies of Crosby Shackles, seems to be an ongoing problem.
It has come to light while inspecting shackles in West Africa that
several copies of Crosby Shackles have been introduced to the
marketplace. These shackles are NOT up to the quality standards of
RRC-271D and it is recommended they be immediately removed from
The points to look for in deciding whether you have a Crosby
Shackle or a copy are:
On the face, (a) the Crosby Name should be embossed as per the Crosby
Logo, (b) The CE mark should appear along
with (c) markings of the 45 degree angles On the rear of the shackle
should appear 2 different groupings of IDs (3 for Belgium manufacture)
providing full traceability of the shackle. The pin should also be
stamped (d) on the head with a traceable ID number.
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