In some industries reconditioning a product has become a normal process. For example the toner you may be using in your printer or the motor that is used to run your equipment could be reconditioned. These products save money, energy, reduce pollution, and create jobs. What is the difference between recycling and reconditioning? Recycling uses energy to take product and convert it into something new. Reconditioning cleans the equipment, replaces parts (if necessary) and upgrades and tests parts to make the equipment last longer.

In the electrical industry there is some contradiction on this topic. Some segments feel reconditioned products means less revenue; while others (ex. electrical manufacturers) already offer reconditioning services. There are items in the electrical industry that are frequently reconditioned (motors); however there also is an opportunity for reconditioned transformers, fuses, and switches. An article in Electrical Wholesaling provides some analysis of energy consumption of a transformer as an example.

To spend the time to recondition a piece of equipment will payoff for both the end user and the environment. “If a product with a normal lifetime of 8 years can be given an additional eight year life, the demand on energy and material resources to maintain the population of that product can be cut by 40-45%”. Plant downtime (aka lost revenue) also gets reduced by reconditioning a piece of equipment. Keep in mind the right equipment has to be a good candidate for reconditioning. The equipment must be tested and be able to meet or exceed performance. The idea of reconditioning should continue to grow as long as industries and end users are educated on its benefits.
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