It is pretty easy for a product that is widely used in all types of industrial plants to be called a commodity. Take cord connectors (or cord grips) for example. These products are used anywhere – literally – that a cable or conduit connects to some type of machine or enclosure. So because of their utilitarian nature that means they are a commodity product – right?
Commodity products exist when many different companies make a product that can meet the same application criteria. Now it is true that a lot of manufacturers make cord connectors. Also, cord connectors are viewed as a commodity product because most industrial applications don’t call for specific product features when talking about using cord connectors. Customers take this to mean that all cord grips are basically made the same way and can be used in all types of applications. But the truth is quite different.
Cord connectors can, and are, manufactured in a variety of ways – be it different materials of construction, or options or different customer requirements. Did you know that there are 6 different materials used in manufacturing cord grips? And that each is suited to different operating environments? It’s true. Diecast zinc connectors are primarily used in residential or commercial applications. But aluminum is the most common materials used in a variety of industrial applications. And what if a cord grip is going to be used in a high-moisture environment? Then you might want to use a nylon connectors. However if the high level of moisture is due to washdowns like in a food processing plant, then Valox might be the best bet as it meets FDA guidelines. And for use in the most corrosive of environments? Then stainless steel cord connectors would be the answer as they offer the highest level of durability. And then of course there are the options like wire mesh grips. And that’s just one of many.
Do keep in mind that not all manufacturers offer cord connectors in all six materials – although Remke does. And the various options might not be available from each manufacturer. And if a customized product better suits your application, make sure the manufacturer has that capability – which in fact Remke does.
In reality, cord connectors & cord grips are not commodity products. In this case, one size does not fit all.
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