Critical Parts

 REMANUFACTURING 01It might be time for you to consider using remanufactured parts.   

By Jamie Sullivan

If you’re like most construction equipment owners, you probably have a few older machines that still work great, but finding replacement parts for them may not be so easy. You also may have machines that are out of warranty but on occasion still require costly repairs. Plus, if you’re like most construction equipment owners, you don’t have any time for a downed machine. So, if you haven’t considered remanufactured parts before, then you’ve been missing out on one of the most efficient and affordable sources of quality replacement parts for your construction equipment – from older model equipment to machines that have yet to be produced.

Why remanufactured parts? On average, remanufactured parts cost significantly less than new parts, have longer warranties and are as good as new or in some cases, better than new parts. Much of this is due to the actual remanufacturing process itself, which involves trained technicians following stringent procedures on high-tech equipment with quality checkpoints throughout. Some of today’s most common remanufactured parts include engines for both newer and older models, transmissions, fuel pumps and fuel injectors, hydraulic pumps, cylinders and motors, starters, alternators and electrical components to name a few.

At the CASE Construction remanufacturing plant in Springfield, Mo., our remanufacturing process begins when the existing part (the core) is entirely disassembled and thoroughly inspected. The worn parts such as gaskets and O-rings are discarded and replaced with new. All of the components are meticulously cleaned and those that need further work are machined and verified to OEM specifications. 

The components are then assembled using precise work instructions according to OEM specifications. Finally, the assembled part is once again tested to ensure it meets OEM performance requirements. The remanufacturing process virtually eliminates all of the possible defects within a part and ensures you get a superior product. This is one of the main reasons remanufactured parts often have better warranty protection than new ones – because it’s easy to stand behind a part that has been through the rigors of remanufacturing.

One of the biggest advantages to installing remanufactured parts is a significant cost savings. When construction equipment owners rely on remanufactured parts to keep their machines running, they benefit from the lower cost of ownership for the life of those machines. Another cost consideration is downtime. 

As most construction equipment owners will attest, a machine down is money down the drain. So it’s important to note that many remanufactured parts are drop-in assemblies, which can be installed quickly. Instead of having a machine out of service while waiting for an engine to be rebuilt, for example, you can install a remanufactured engine in much less time. Saving you time, saving you money – remanufactured parts are the right choice for construction equipment owners.

One of the more unique aspects of remanufacturing is the benefit of hindsight. As exchanged parts (cores) come in, it’s pretty easy to see where they failed. If a failure trend is identified, then improvements to the remanufactured part can be made and included in the work instructions thereafter. At our CASE Construction remanufacturing plant, this data is directed back upstream to engineering so that the improvement is incorporated into the new part design.  As you can see, having the benefit of hindsight is why remanufactured parts are sometimes described as being “better than new.”

And speaking of hindsight, what happens to your older equipment when new parts are no longer available or hard to get? As we look back on machines of yesterday, we need to be able to understand and appreciate how remanufacturing keeps older machines performing like new. As the cores come in from older equipment, remanufacturers bring them back to life. Simply put, remanufactured parts can extend the lifecycle of your construction equipment.

Finally, it should be noted that remanufacturing is generally more environmentally-friendly than other types of manufacturing. On the whole, it requires less energy to remanufacture parts than it does to create them.  Remanufacturing derives its raw materials from parts that already exist which conserves natural resources and saves energy – no mining, smelting, refining or casting is required. 

When it comes to value, remanufactured parts have a lot to offer. Now more than ever, equipment owners recognize the value of OEM remanufactured parts because of their quality, warranty coverage and affordability. Remanufactured parts are a great way to ensure your construction equipment stays in top-running form for years to come. 

Jamie Sullivan is the marketing manager for CNH Industrial Reman. Located in Springfield, Mo., CNH Industrial Reman remanufactures parts engineered specifically for CASE machines to provide good-as-new functionality and OEM performance. Contact info@whyreman.com for more.

 

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