High-tech manufacturers are under constant pressure to provide an ever-increasing quality product at a lower cost. Throughout the organization, cost savings has become the mantra.
When it comes to cleanroom consumables, people are asking the question, "Is there really a different between the branded products and the generic products?".
There are two categories of cleanroom consumables that we should discuss: those products that do come in contact with the product (such as wipes and gloves) and those that do not (such as tacky mats, bouffant caps, face masks, disposable garments and shoe covers).
Many manufacturers have migrated from branded product lines to generic lines for consumable products that do not make direct contact with the product. There can be disruptions in consistency and quality, but because the product is not making direct contact with the product, manufacturers can often appropriately deal with these variations.
However, for direct process product contact consumables, such as wipes and gloves, manufacturers require more consistency. Brand name products provide a long history of reliable manufacturing. The brand has a legacy to protect and uphold. Their history of past success predicts their future product success. With the generic product, you have no idea how long the company has been producing wipes and with what level of competency. Technical support for a generic product is non-existent, whereas branded manufacturers have internal sourcing teams, quality teams, technical teams, and laboratories.
If the manufacturer can tolerate the inconsistency or lesser product quality of the non-direct product contact consumables (bouffant caps, face masks, shoe covers, tacky mats, etc.), enjoy the cost savings in that area. However, top manufacturers simply do not rely on generic products for direct process product contact consumables such as wipes and gloves. Branded products are superior for this application.