Compressor manufacturer Bitzer has warned of counterfeit refrigeration oils which can lead to compressor breakdowns. The company has long been a target for counterfeiters keen to profit from fake versions of the compressors, spare parts and pressure vessels. However, product pirates not only sell counterfeit compressors, they also bring low-quality oils onto the market. The Cooling Post previously reported on fake oil being uncovered in Russia in 2015. Now Bitzer has revealed incidents in Vietnam and Korea where counterfeiters partly disguised their imitations with their branding.
In Vietnam several fake oils were uncovered, sold in containers purporting to contain oils B320SH, BSE32, BSE170 and B100, but actually containing a low quality fake.
The oils were said to be of vastly inferior quality, whose chemical formulation differed greatly from the originals. In particular, the viscosity characteristics, moisture content and chemical formulation were very different from the original products. Using this fake product can lead to insufficient compressor lubrication, chemical reactions and destruction of elastomers.