The Place for Electronic Solutions, Part V

FSIP SERVICES, Reman Benefits

[Electronic] Remanufacturing (Reman), is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or part is returned to a like-new or better-than-new condition, from both a quality and performance perspective as defined by the Remanufacturing Industries Council. Last post we looked at FSIP’s remanufacturing process. This time, we will delve into the benefits of remanufacturing. Remanufacturing (or refurbishing) has many positive impacts for the customer, the environment, and the economy. The most apparent benefits are price, availability, and quality.

Price is almost always a consideration in any purchase. Customers reap the advantage of the OEM core being “recycled”, and I use this term very loosely, into an updated and/or upgraded product. Materials, energy, and time invested in rebuilding/assembling a refurbished product are less than a “new” product. The result, remanufactured products typically sell for “40-50 percent less than a new one1

The next benefit of Remanufacturing is availability. If you haven’t experienced supply chain issues over the last year or two in either your personal or professional life, you’re one of the few.  The “core”, the original equipment manufacturer’s part, already exists. That core is remanufactured and is made into a “like-new” or “better-than-new” state. Turnaround times are typically shorter for reman product than new production. Furthermore, parts availability may be greater, pending the core is returned. (Oh, by the way, Core Purchasing Programs are another hidden benefit of reman. Join us for Part VII Core Purchasing to learn more about this best practice). Reman can extend the useful life of discontinued products up to 2-fold. Remanufacturers like FSIP establish partnerships with OEMs and can maintain and keep products in service well beyond their intended lifespan.

Quality rounds out the consumer benefits. Sold, worn, or non-functional products or parts are returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition. This means the core is returned to its original performance factory specification, upgraded to current performance levels, or is improved due to learned errors. As added security, you receive a full warranty with your remanufactured product purchase. For example, at FSIP our Reman Warranty covers the entire product, not just the pieces which were repaired, replaced, or upgraded. Our Sales Support and Quality Teams are available to answer any questions or concerns.

Finding new product alternatives that are cost-effective and warrantied by the manufacturer is a win-win. Knowing that your purchase decision in a climate-focused environment is a “Green” choice enhances the benefit. Remanufacturing maintains as much of the original core as possible, uses fewer virgin materials, reduces the amount of time and energy spent recovering processed materials, and extends a products useful life. The reman process collects and reuses components, recycles applicable components, and helps limit landfill waste. Remanufacturing is a step in the right direction for the environment.

As a side note, in researching this article I came across the Zero Waste Hierarchy (the left side of the above graphic) published by the Zero Waste International Alliance (Version 8.0 Updated 5/19/22). It struck me that Remanufacturing falls into the “Reuse” category and creates more opportunities to utilize existing cores prior to reverting to the Recycle/Compost phase. Remanufacturing is an environmentally preferable product end-of-life option.

The final benefactor of Remanufacturing that we’ll discuss in this blog is the Economy. Remanufacturing is traditionally done locally. creating skilled local jobs. “Remanufacturers generally employ more skilled employees per good produced than traditional manufacturing,” said Mr. Frank Li, Asia-Pacific General Manager for Caterpillar’s Remanufacturing and Components Division.”2 In Pennsylvania. “Remanufacturing accounts for approximately 13,544 jobs within 3,957 operations, producing around $537 million and over $1.5 billion in sales.”3 Remanufacturing is both a local and global economic driver.

That’s a lot of information to take in. Let me summarize it for you.

  • Reman is a reliable, cost-effective to buying new
  • Reman provides supply chain resilience
  • Reman is a sustainable solution that doesn’t sacrifice quality or performance
  • Reman renews a product life cycle (avoids obsolescence) & retains its value
  • Reman supports a circular economy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  • Reman creates employment

With over 50-years of manufacturing and remanufacturing experience, FSIP is an established “new” part alternative supplier for electric battery vehicles and equipment.

We:

  • Have long-standing partnerships with leading OEMs like Curtis, inMotion, Navitas, Sevcon, and S.P.E. Elettronica.
  • Stock brands like Delta-Q, Enersys, Hawker, Caterpillar/Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Zapi
  • Service Industries like Material Handling, Go-Karts, Golf Cars, Electric Boats, Ground Support
  • Have strict quality standards
  • Provide full warranty coverage

To learn more about Flight Systems Industrial Products Remanufacturing Program click here.

If you missed the Remanufacturing Process discussion, go to The Place for Electronic Solutions, Part IV. In the next blog, we’ll review General Repairs Program. Until then, take care!

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Citations:

1     Ruth Andrew. “Remanufacturing: recycling materials, recouping costs, refining designs”, manufacturingdigital.com, Smart Manufacturing, May 16, 2020, https://manufacturingdigital.com/smart-manufacturing/remanufacturing-recycling-materials-recouping-costs-refining-designs. Accessed October 29, 2022

2.     APEC Market Access Group. “Remanufacturing brings economic and environmental benefits”, www.apec.org. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, March 28, 2012, Remanufacturing brings economic and environmental benefits | APEC. Accessed November 8, 2022

3     Carissa Gurgul. Katie Lentz. “Benefits of Remanufacturing”, scpaworks.org, July 12, 2018, Benefits of Remanufacturing – SCPa Works. Accessed October 30, 2022

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