Standard vs. Non-Standard Parts
Standard parts, as defined by Fair-Rite, are those that appear in Fair-Rite’s catalog and/or website. Parts in Engineering Kits are all standard items. Typically, standard parts are available through Fair-Rite’s distributors. Fair-Rite’s website has a “Check Stock” function which allows users to search for currently available inventory with distributors. The “Check Stock” link is conveniently available in multiple locations on the website and provides inventory quantities and contact information to the appropriate distributors. Standard parts are available direct from Fair-Rite, the current minimum order is $ 500.00 per line item. Catalog Modified parts are standard parts with addition of a coating, the minimum is the same but orders are Non Cancelable, Non Returnable (NCNR).
Non-standard parts consist of non-catalog, customer specific, proprietary and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) parts. The specifications, quality and manufacturing methods are all determined by the customer for proprietary, PPAP and other customer specific parts. Many non-standard, non-proprietary parts may have been developed for a specific customer requirement but have found utility for more than the original customer. In this case these parts are considered only non-standard, but not customer specific. For these non-customer specific / non-standard items : Fair-Rite controls all manner of specifications, quality and manufacturing methods. For the most part, non-standard parts are made to order, require $ 1000.00 minimum per line item and are NCNR. Some non-standard parts are carried by some distributors as well.
Purchasing and quoting of proprietary and PPAP parts requires a Letter of Authorization from the owner.
Lead time for parts with existing US inventory is two days to ship for approved accounts or credit card payments. Orders for parts with no current US inventory which require new manufacture depend on Fair-Rite’s manufacture location and the delivery destination.
US manufacture to US delivery lead time is usually 8-10 weeks after receipt of order (ARO), when new build is required. Asia manufacture to Asia delivery lead time is usually 12 weeks ARO, when new build is required.
Due to ongoing global delays in relations to shipping internationally, delivery of Asian manufactured parts to the US or Europe has a current lead time of 30 weeks ARO. Delivery of US manufactured parts to Asia has a lead time of 12-14 weeks ARO and US manufacture to Europe has a typical lead times of 8-10 weeks ARO, dependent on carrier. Samples and expedited delivery is possible at reduced lead times when Air shipment is used.
Due to customs and shipping challenges, ‘Drop’ shipments from Asia direct to Fair-Rite USA customers (globally) are now generally avoided and only offered in exceptional circumstances.