What is Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)?

- Apr 22, 2019-

Definition: An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is any product or component that is specifically designed and manufactured to suit the original product. In other words, it is a component that is specifically made for the final product, not the aftermarket product


OEM parts that are the opposite of parts market parts are generally of high quality and have a more thorough quality assurance process because the customer is a large company that wants the highest quality of its original product. Despite this, many suppliers now sell OEM parts directly to consumers due to the high demand for their own hands-on models. This is common in the computer industry, many of whom are interested in assembling their own devices by using raw components.

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Let's take a look at this short example.


Vista Electronics INC is a company that produces wireless electronic devices for end consumers and computer manufacturers. The company is currently working with Monkey Computers LLC to provide wireless keyboards for all of the computers they produce. Monkey Computers asked Vista to produce high quality parts for their keyboards. Each batch of delivered products will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure they meet the expected quality levels. Which product is required by the OEM or aftermarket?


Based on the concepts we have explained above, OEM products are top-of-the-line products designed for the original product. In this case, Vista Electronic is building a component for the original keyboard of Monkey Computers. Since the component will be fully commercialized within the keyboard, it must meet the quality standards set by Monkey. This means that the keyboard component is an OEM component.

Summary definition

Define original equipment manufacturers: OEMs are parts produced by the original company that designed and sold them.


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