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Counter Factor

Counter Factor
Counter Factor

That is how much something costs in stores selling under the guise of a switchboard of the Moscow ATE-2 plant. To some this price will seem high. But the homespun truth is such that the original ATE switch costs three times more and cannot cost less - the device is too complicated.

Judge for yourself. The manufacturing process of the block is multi-stage. What human forces cannot do are made by robots - for example, they work with 200 micron aluminum wire. The basis is not a printed circuit board, but a ceramic substrate. Electronics controls the quality of soldering. A computer with an accuracy of 0.1% selects a resistor in dynamic mode to provide a rupture current of exactly 6.5 A. Yes, and the electronic components themselves are expensive. The output, of course, is OTC. Factory workers claim that the resource of their unit is the same as that of a car. Or more. In a word, the detail is of high quality. And it’s such proven switches that deliver to the VAZ conveyor.

Now tell me: do underground people ever master such technologies? For them, the main thing is a low price. Well, the outward resemblance to real products, including the factory logo. How long their products will work and how - no matter. Hence the sad circumstances, including the angry messages of motorists to the factory and parcels with fakes.

About how to distinguish counterfeit products, we were told by the chief designer of ATE-2 Grigory Vladimirovich Kabariho. In his office, a whole collection of fakes of varying degrees of similarity. And to find your Marya the Artisan from many copies is easy! Firstly, the case of cast fakes. All real cases with a tight cover. If you look closely, you can figure it out. Secondly, the plant puts a circle with a number in the upper right corner. Every quarter the figure changes. Thirdly, on a fake the emblem of the plant - a rhombus - is not in place, and the sign of conformity is shifted.

It is interesting to look at the “left” block from the inside. Well, open the case …

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