When a machine is in need of repairs to any of its major systems, fleet owners have four options to consider for parts: new, rebuilt, remanufactured or used. Though all are viable options, owners and operators should consider remanufactured parts, which help improve uptime and keep machines running smoothly.
Remanufactured parts offer the assurance that each and every part is brought back to “like-new” condition and built to meet or exceed original OEM specifications. Not only do reman parts help lower the cost of ownership for contractors, but they also can offer a best-in-class warranty, less machine downtime and top-notch quality.
Saving Time and Money
Business owners are constantly looking for ways to lower their total cost of ownership. Buying and using reman parts is an OEM-approved way of doing just that.
Remanufactured parts are components of a machine that are fully restored to their original, like-new condition. Highly trained technicians disassemble, clean and inspect each individual part, update all cores to the latest specifications, then check, refurbish and replace the components as necessary.
In addition to offering a wide range of remanufactured engines, fuel injection components and hydraulics, many manufacturers now provide comprehensive remanufactured parts coverage on their most popular equipment models, including Tier 3 and Tier 4 machines.
Each part is competitively priced, offering a great value while ensuring peak performance. Depending on the part and the machine, a remanufactured part can cost up to 40 percent less than a comparable new part — all without sacrificing quality.
When it comes to standing behind the quality of their remanufactured products, some manufacturers also offer a “best-in-class” warranty that can be even better than new warranty coverage.
That warranty includes labor costs if the work is done within the OEM dealer service shop, which means customers would have their part replaced without having to pay out-of-pocket for the work — providing fleet managers peace of mind and protection against additional costs during the life of the warranty.
Another way that reman parts lower the total cost of ownership for contractors is limiting machine downtime. Instead of having a machine “out of service” while waiting for a component to be rebuilt, business owners can simply buy a reman part and have it installed immediately upon receipt.
The quick and efficient installation of reman parts also decreases the need for fleet managers to rent a replacement machine to substitute for any down machine. This saves time and additional costs.
Fleet managers may also see an increased resale value of their machines due to the installation of reman parts, because the quality of an OEM-provided part adds that value.
A Quality Product
In the past, remanufactured parts were commonly associated with used parts that lacked quality and reliability. That stigma has since disappeared with the successful product assurance of reman parts throughout the industry.
In a typical remanufacturing process, as mentioned earlier, core parts are inspected and remade to original performance specifications through the use of state-of-the-art techniques, strict salvage guidelines, advanced manufacturing systems and unequaled quality control. Every part then receives a pass/fail grade after a rigorous testing process to ensure the customer is getting the best possible part.
Sometimes, a remanufactured part is remade into a better version than the original OEM part. For example, a company launches a part in 1990 that is a really good design, but in 2000, they make improvements to that design. Remanufacturing it now, in 2015, the company is able to incorporate the engineering improvements into the current remanufactured factory part, making it the best version available.
Not only are reman parts top quality, but also they’re environmentally friendly. Remanufacturing is recognized as one of the highest forms of recycling because like-new products are produced while minimizing the impact on the environment. The products are kept out of landfills, and the entire process saves 80 percent of the energy that would have gone into producing a brand-new part.
When dealing with a downed machine, fleet managers should consider remanufactured parts. After all, critical parts are vital for uptime, productivity and performance, and they will help keep machines running while helping to reduce ownership and operating costs.
Kurt Coffey is the Director of Sales and Marketing for CNH Industrial Reman.