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REMAN, REBUILD, REPLACE

Reasons fleets should
consider reman
Remanufactured parts and components are
sustainable, quality products designed to help
reduce operational cost and inventory.
Remanufacturing - the process of turning
a non-functioning used part, known as a core,
into a high-quality finished product - is gaining
momentum throughout the commercial vehicle industry. Proponents readily tout reman's
environmental attributes. The business case
for fleets, manufacturers, and end users is just
as compelling.

By Raji El-Kassouf

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT,
REMANUFACTURING, AXLETECH
For the last 40 years, AxleTech has remanufactured its
axles and transfer cases for the off-highway and defense
markets, and recently launched an air disc brake (ADB) caliper remanufacturing product line, as well as electronics
and mechatronics remanufacturing capabilities based on
the expected exponential growth of electronics content
in vehicles in the next five years. El-Kassouf is responsible
for leading the global business development effort for the
remanufacturing business segment. He is a 27-year veteran in the commercial vehicle industry.

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Overview of benefits

Remanufacturers have the advantage of knowing a product's performance, allowing them to
see design weaknesses that the original manufacturers could not predict. This knowledge
allows remanufacturers to implement design
and process improvements to solve specific
issues and provide a product that is equal to
or better than the original in quality, performance, and cost.
Examples are as simple as chrome plating
parts that are prone to rust, using larger bearings to prevent a weak link in an assembly, or
adding sensors for service alerts. To back this
up, remanufacturers offer the same warranty on a remanufactured part as they do on a
new original equipment (OE) genuine part.
This process allows remanufacturers to offer
products no longer in current production, and
fleets enjoy a substantial discount to the new
original - typically up to 40 percent.

ยป AxleTech recently launched an air disc brake
(ADB) caliper remanufacturing product line.
Photo courtesy of AxleTech

Given the rapidly accelerating evolution of
electronics and mechatronics in light duty
and heavy duty vehicles, suppliers, original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs), dealers,
and distributors will encounter an increasing
need to address product end-of-production
inventory and service level requirements.
Many business owners struggle with the risk
of inflating their inventory with discontinued SKUs to satisfy possible future demand.
Remanufacturing offers an alternative to minimize these last time buys, thereby reducing
stagnant inventory levels, decreasing cash
outlays, and improving long-term product
lifecycle service levels.
Given the lower cost of remanufacturing
compared to standard manufacturing processes, OEMs can significantly lower warranty
costs by adopting a comprehensive remanufacturing strategy.
Going forward, OEMs and suppliers alike
will need to adopt an integrated lifecycle
management approach to their new product

Reman products offer a
solution that is equal to
or better than new at a
substantial cost savings.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime - How you can make the most out of your shop's ROs
Foundation for success: How do you find and keep technician talent?
Vehicles - Examining the e-systems available for today's fleets
In the Bay - Do techs understand the fundamentals of electrical system diagnosis?
Shop Operations - How to assess replacement parts
Reman, Rebuild, Replace - Reasons fleets should consider reman
Economic Outlook - Uncertainties with today's global economy
Tire Tactics - Factors to help determine the lifecycle of tires
Management - The "shop improvement" conundrum
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
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Guest Editorial - Increase shop efficiencies through fluid management
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