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|Eaton Acts on Survey Results, Shares Tips for Properly Reporting Counterfeit Electrical Products|
|Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 02:27:07 PM|
Date: November 24, 2014
PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton today announced tips aimed at helping professionals properly report counterfeit electrical products. The tips will assist professionals throughout the electrical supply chain with tools to recognize and report suspect products to ultimately help brands and law enforcement identify potential counterfeit product supply chains.
Eaton developed these tips in response to results from its joint survey with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). Survey results indicated that educational programs are helping to increase awareness of the dangers of counterfeit products, but these products continue to be found in the field and generally are not reported.
“Industry survey results are showing that electrical contractors are recognizing the prevalence and dangers of counterfeits in the industry,” said Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Americas. “However, many respondents also acknowledged that if they encounter a product in the field they suspect to be counterfeit, they do not know where and how to report it.”
The results from studies conducted by other industry organizations are consistent with Eaton’s findings about the lack of knowledge in reporting counterfeits. For instance, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) confirmed in its 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey that only half of its respondents “reported a counterfeit electrical product upon discovery.”
By following these tips, contractors, distributors and resellers alike can become more confident in their ability to properly report counterfeits.
“Stopping the sale of counterfeit products benefits everyone, which is why it’s important for industry professionals to report suspect products, ultimately inhibiting potentially dangerous components from being sold,” said Grace. “It is crucial to work together to prevent these unsafe counterfeit products from causing harm to people and property.”
Eaton is committed to stopping counterfeiting of electrical products worldwide. Its electrical business is committed to anti-counterfeiting technologies and programs. For additional information about the dangers counterfeit electrical products, please visit Eaton’s site at www.eaton.com/counterfeit.
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.