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Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations

31-08-2010
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Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations
NHP Electrical Engineering has warned buyers to beware of inferior quality imitation copies of its LOCKDIN captive Din-T locking device range that have recently appeared in the market.
 
The inferior copies pose a genuine safety risk and should be avoided at all costs, NHP warns. 
 
The imitation product can be identified by the following attributes: 
  • The plastic base is fabricated from a flexible material. As a result, the metal arm can flex around the MCB toggle so that it can be easily defeated, even when padlocked. It is also very easy to remove entirely, padlocked or not. This poses a serious safety concern. 
  • The base moulding cannot accommodate the auxiliary filler accessory due to incorrectly formed cavities.
  • The bottom of the base moulding (see image) is not rounded. This design change was introduced in 2012 to facilitate the fitment of a Lock-Din/MCB combination to the NHP NC chassis.
  • The tag clip on the copy LOCKDIN appears to be glued on. It is easily bent or detached with minimal force.
  • The right angle on the metal arm is not straight.
This inferior copy is in breach of NHP’s patent on this product. 
 
NHP’s greatest concern is that a customer may be unaware they have purchased the inferior product.
 
NHP advises those who have recently bought LOCKDIN devices and are unsure of their origin to carefully inspect the devices (looking for the attributes listed above). 
 
NHP’s sales and Application Engineering teams can assist in identifying any non-conforming items. 
 
Future models will include the NHP logo to assist buyers.
 
NHP Electrical Engineering Pty Ltd
Ph: 1300 647 647

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