According to an article published recently on Renold’s web site, there is a growing trend for manufacturers of industrial chain to claim innovations as their own when in fact they have merely copied an already established technology. In one example a chain manufacturer claims that it was the pioneer of lubrication-free chain technology in the late 1980s, when in fact other manufacturers had developed ranges thirty years earlier in the 1950s.
David Turner, the author of the article, and Renold’s marketing communications manager for chain, states that whilst these false claims are nothing new they are certainly becoming more widespread. It’s important, Turner argues, because engineers are being misled. If a company claims to have invented a particular technology then it’s understandable to believe that it might be better than everyone else’s version of it. So it’s always worthwhile checking when manufacturers claim to have been the innovators of something.
More information can be found in Renold’s article at renold.com/innovations.