Some people may think that refurbished products are less efficient than new ones, when in fact they are fully cleaned and upgraded to optimum working order. Purchasing reconditioned industrial parts can bring manufacturers substantial benefits. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, discusses why manufacturers should choose to buy reconditioned components over new ones.
On the Apple’s website, you can find a broad range of certified refurbished electronic products. They have gone through a rigorous refurbishment process including complete testing that meets the same standards as new Apple products. Today, more and more consumers are embracing refurbishment because of its environmental and economic benefits. To meet sustainability target while benefitting their business’ bottom line, manufacturing should also consider buying reconditioned industrial parts. Here’s three reasons why.
In 2020, Techbuyer, an IT solutions company, and the University of East London conducted a research into server performance that demonstrated that a new and refurbished server of the same make and model have identical performance. Since the refurbishing process strictly follows the original equipment manufacturer (OEM)’s guidelines, refurbished components are as reliable as the brand-new ones. In the first phrase of refurbishment, the equipment must undergo an electrical test to ensure it meets all original manufacturing specifications. Then, a double-check will be conducted for optimal operation of the equipment, including preventive maintenance and calibration. The process continues with a comprehensive cosmetic procedure, in which interior parts and exterior panels are refurbished or replaced if needed.
Many people hold a misconception that used and reconditioned products are the same. In fact, there is a huge difference between them, especially in the maintenance and calibration of the equipment. Unlike reconditioned parts, used ones have not been tested, calibrated and cosmetically upgraded. If there are flaws with the used parts you bought from an unreliable seller on eBay or Alibaba, you may not be able to get a refund and may end up paying the high cost of unplanned downtime. Even if these parts come with a warranty, nobody will reimburse the costs of lost production if, for example, and electric motor stops working, compromising the functionality of the whole production line. Besides, you will not know how long and how frequently the part has previously been used for and whether it has been maintained properly. Instead of stepping into the unknown, manufacturers could choose reconditioned parts that are fully tested and come with a standard warranty.
The traditional linear business model has had a huge environmental impact. Recent data shows that in 2015, global demand for resources was equivalent to 1.5 times what the Earth can support in one year. According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, in 2019 the world generated a striking 53.6 Mt of e-waste, an average of 7.3 kg per capital. Since 2014, the global generation of e-waste increase by 9.2 Mt and is projected to grow to 74.7 Mt by 2030, almost doubling in only 16 years.
As a key element of the circular economy model, reconditioning is a sustainable alternative to the dispose of products. By giving them a second life, we can significantly reduce raw material use, energy usage and emissions.
Purchasing reconditioned parts will not only offer you the same level of quality as new ones, it will also be more budget friendly. For instance, a reconditioned transformer is between 10 per cent and 40 per cent cheaper than the new one. A refurbished robot saves up to 50 per cent in cost compared to a new model. Less upfront costs could lead to a quicker ROI.
Additionally, buying reconditioned parts can avoid compatibility issues and save manufacturers from unnecessary downtime. Since your operators and technician are already familiar with the products, they will know how to repair and maintain them without the need for extra training. At EU Automation, we believe that when a part can be reconditioned or replaced, it should be. EU Automation offers a global supply of reconditioned and obsolete industrial parts at an affordable price with ready availability. For more information, visit: https://www.euautomation.com/uk/.