All hydraulic components need replacing at some point in time. And for those machines that are more than a decade old, OEM parts can be difficult to find. This is one reason why so many machine owners choose parts that have been re-engineered. Parts can be had both from OEMs and independent aftermarket suppliers. But are re-engineered components really the best option?
Performance and Sourcing
The purchase of re-engineered hydraulic gaskets and other components allows machine owners the opportunity to give their equipment a better chance of performing at optimal levels. And equipment which may have been obsolete can be difficult to get on time and on desirable terms. In this case, re-engineered components can provide an alternative that’s reliable as well as competitive.
For the owner and operator of hydraulic equipment, the installation of re-engineered components means more efficient operation of machinery, as well as improved hydraulic and mechanical performance. Not only that, but using these components allows for more time between repairs and as a result, less cost to maintain and operate.
How the Re-Engineering Process Works
Re-engineering involves the use of 3D measuring equipment to create a virtually perfect and accurate model of any hydraulic component. The model is employed for the creation of manufacturing drawings for new parts which are cast or turned.
Re-engineering is beneficial to machine owners because it allows for the incorporation of changes into original components. This allows these components to be upgraded and improved with today’s technologies.
Risks of Re-Engineering
Despite their appearance, re-engineered components are not likely to have been subjected to the same rigors to determine reliability, durability and performance that remanufactured components have. Because of this, re-engineered components can carry the risk of failure and with it, a possible increase in cost and downtime.
Yet another risk of re-engineering is that it copies the inherent component weaknesses as well as its strengths. Whilst these products will perform to the standards of OEM components, they also run the risk of causing problems due to dimensional fit, inferior materials, poor tolerances and manufacturing quality.
Re-Manufacturing as a Solution
The re-manufacturing process is one that`s gaining popularity amongst machine owners. This is because it provides them with the same solutions offered by the original manufacturer, along with the same cost and time-saving benefits.
Re-manufacturing involves using OEM manufacturing methods to create parts. Unlike re-engineering which copies an original part to as exact a specification as possible, re-manufacturing relies on the specifications of the original manufacturer to re-create a part.
This process also consults other aspects of the OEM process such as material specifications, original control plans and qualification testing. Some companies involved with re-manufacture also have ready access to new components and materials as they are needed due to a continued connection to the product supply chain.
Benefits of Using Re-Manufactured Components
There are several benefits to using re-manufactured components, and through their entire life cycle. The recovery of core material means that re-manufactured components can cost up to 30% less than new products.
Customers can usually expect delivery of re-manufactured components within 24 hours. This short lead time is especially appreciated during times of unexpected component failure.
The re-manufacturing process minimises waste whilst making the most of existing resources, which results in a much smaller carbon footprint compared with making and purchasing new components.
The decision about whether to use re-engineered or re-manufactured components rests on the individual machine or company owner. However, understanding the benefits and risks of each will allow an informed choice to be made, which can save both money and time.