Hitech specialises in providing a remanufacturing service which fully restores old, worn or damaged items to “good as new” condition.
The process not only restores full functionality but also leaves items visually perfect and indistinguishable from new. It allows for the recovery of end of life equipment which would otherwise be scrapped and restores it at a fraction of the replacement cost.
The process has substantial environmental benefits as the reuse of existing components dramatically reduces material and energy consumption and eliminates the impact of dumping the old item.
The Remanufacturing Process
Remanufacturing starts with an assessment of the product and the design of the specific process for disassembly, treatment of each component, reassembly and testing.
The product is taken apart and each component is cleaned, repaired, refinished or replaced as necessary. While some components may be replaced by new items, the objective is to reuse as much as possible of the original product.
Modifications to update or improve the product may also be included in the process. Following reassembly, the product must be fully tested to ensure that it is ready to be used again.
Considerable experience, expertise and skills are required to assess a product, determine how each component should be treated and ensure that each step of the treatment is successfully completed.
Many different types of products can be successfully remanufactured, including: industrial, electrical equipment and computer equipment.
While virtually any manufactured product can also be remanufactured, the greatest benefits can be achieved for products with either a high value or a high volume of production.
Substantial cost savings can be achieved through the use of remanufacturing. Many items can be remanufactured for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.
The useful life of a product can easily be doubled, eliminating the need for additional capital expenditure. Even outdated equipment can be reworked to give it a new lease of life.
In these times of ever tightening budgets, it really does make sense to consider remanufacturing rather than just dumping an item and purchasing an expensive replacement.
Environment and Sustainability
Remanufacturing can dramatically reduce the environmental impact of a product through its life cycle. It can generate large energy savings, reduced materials usage and reduced pollution when compared to what would normally occur when a product is replaced by a new item.
Remanufacturing is a key element of achieving sustainability in the use of the world’s limited resources. It sits at the top of the Waste Hierarchy were “reuse” is identified as preferable to all other methods of recovery or disposal when an item reaches the end of its useful life.