In an industry where downtime can be incredibly costly to a business, remanufactured parts can save fleet operators and commercial vehicle owners thousands of pounds. Rather than investing in a brand-new part, many components can be remanufactured and restored back to working condition to provide the same reliability, but at a fraction of the cost of a new replacement.
Marc Haley, director at aftermarket solutions supplier for the commercial vehicle market, Alliance Transport Technologies, discusses how remanufacturing delivers a money-saving solution to the industry, and the additional benefits it can offer.
Investing in brand new parts whenever a vehicle has a technical fault can be an expensive way to manage a fleet; remanufacturing can provide a quick, reliable and cost-effective alternative – saving our customers up to 70% on costs.
The remanufacturing process begins by disassembling a faulty component completely and thoroughly cleaning it before an examination takes place to check for any damage or signs of wear. Any replacement accessories are added, before all the pieces are put back together for testing.
Once testing is underway and the part is back in full-working condition, it is ready to be reinstalled back onto the vehicle. Generally, it can take less than eight hours to remanufacture a standard part, for example a broken or faulty Instrument cluster can be returned to a fleet operator the same day and placed back in the dashboard. With fleet operators, time often equals money, meaning these lead times can make a huge difference to a business that loses money the longer a vehicle is off the road.
Alongside the timely benefits, remanufacturing is considerably better for the environment as fewer raw materials are used and less energy is wasted compared with the production of a brand-new part. There is also less waste as the broken component is replaced in the vehicle rather than adding to landfill, along with the packaging a new part would arrive in.
A committed remanufacturing programme can also help your business reach its CSR agenda and assist in developing sustainable ways for your company to thrive in a more ethical way. This can reflect well to potential customers looking for more eco-friendly ways to outsource delivery services.
Here at Alliance Transport Technologies, we’re dedicated to passing these benefits and savings on to our customers. Our technical expertise combined with our focus on quality and service has allowed us to build a customer list compromised of 12 of the top 15 bus and coach groups in the UK, including Stagecoach, First, Go Ahead & Arriva.
Remanufacturing offers a valuable alternative to fleet owners and operators looking to invest in brand-new OE parts. The unique service provides customers with a saving of up to 70% when compared to the investment of a new replacement, whilst aiming to get commercial vehicles back on the road as soon as possible. For businesses operating large fleets, remanufacturing is a sustainable option, with all damaged or broken parts being restored to working condition, instead of being disposed of and replaced.