We often put quite a bit of care and consideration into our equipment. And few people would argue against that as a reasonable way to ensure overall efficiency and performance. It’s as true at home as it is on the job. And as true for a small business setting as it is an industrial or manufacturing plant.

However, there’s a side of that which people don’t talk about nearly as much as they should. The people who put so much care and consideration into their equipment often fail to maintain those standards when it comes to upkeep. People often imagine that replacement parts are a simple matter of one to one compatibility. But in reality there’s quite a few things which can impact overall performance after parts are replaced.

For example, consider what makes a luxury car stand out from the rest. It just wouldn’t be the same experience if one were to replace the frame, engine, transmission or other important parts with inferior replacements. The same general principle holds true with any other type of machine. Much of this is due to the general complexity of modern electronics.

Consider just how much goes into a vacuum cleaner for example. It’s true there was a time when one could count on some general uniformity of design. But the days when everything used a similar filter system are long gone. Today that containment and filtering system might be a standard filter or it might use cyclone based separation. The motors have a huge amount of variability.

The frame is designed to stand up to the unique stress of the motor and intake system. And even the brand of the vacuum changes which parts will be fully compatible. For example, some Sensor vacuum parts are the best fit for that particular brand. And the same goes for matching other vacuum parts with their particular brand.

This is often difficult for people to accept at first. And it’s particularly common for people within the industrial field to balk at the idea at first. Many people had their start in the industry due to prior experience tinkering around with electronic components. They’d enjoy mixing and matching parts to get the maximum amount of performance out of otherwise standardized equipment. It’s an understandable approach to electronics. In many ways it’s even a laudable one that fosters innovation.

But it neglects one of the more important differences with larger scale projects and those performed on a smaller scale. Large scale projects need extensive testing for long term use. Just because something works in the short term under specific conditions doesn’t mean that it can scale to match other needs. This testing process is one of the reasons why people go with known entities when buying equipment.

One has an assurance that the company tested their equipment in a number of different conditions. But when parts get swapped than all that testing goes out the window. It’s essentially a new device at that point. But by keeping replacement parts fully compatible with their originals one can fully embrace a company’s quality assurance and testing procedures.