Reconditioned Electrical Equipment Can Be Safe

Each product around the world has two primary markets: one for new products, and a different market for used product, which is sometimes referred to as surplus, reconditioned, rebuilt or remanufactured product. visit:-

Computers, cars, jewelry, and electronics are only some examples of flourishing industries that trade in second-hand goods. Industrial and commercial electrical supply markets are no the only one.

Electric equipment, just like automobiles and industrial machinery, are designed to last decades. However, like other durable goods, electrical equipment can be dangerous to novices, regardless of whether it’s a new or used product. The combination of these two points indicates that product safety not just availability is essential for a stable electrical marketplace.

In 1908 in 1908, in 1908, the National Association of Electrical Distributors was founded to “establish the electrical distributor as an essential force in the electrical industry and economy,” followed by National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) in 1926. The venerable associations later grew by incorporating educational initiatives as well as standards to help improve the safety and operations in the supply chain of electrical equipment, with an emphasis on new products made by electrical Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). During the next 50 years, two more associations were created to support the installed and used base for electrical devices. The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) focused on rewinding standards for electric motors, whereas the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) offered guidance, education as well as certification for field testing of electrical equipment. It wasn’t until 1996 that an independent group of electrical distributors joined forces to promote the reconditioning of industrial electrical products. In fact, the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) is the only trade association that provides technical reconditioning standards for electrical industrial products and a code of conduct and ongoing training, technician and site certification, and the best methods. PEARL’s membership has grown to include more than 70 independent electrical resellers , with earnings of over $500 million each year.

Why Do We Need Used Electrical Equipment?

Why is a secondary and/or “out of channel” market for electrical equipment exist? It’s the same reason that wholesale distributors and electrical OEMs exist – supply and demand.

Think about a factory with a malfunctioning component that is a vital electrical service. The replacement part isn’t available from the distributor and manufacturer for a period of weeks, months or worse, not at all. What is the plant’s job to do?

How about the power generating station that distributes power through a vintage – but perfectly serviceable 15kv switchgear constructed in 1959. The station needs to upgrade their tie breaker, which is integral to the station, from 2000A up to 3000A in order meet the increasing demand.

The most economical (and practical) way to upgrade it is by replacing the tiebreaker with one that is similar in age and design, however with a more current rating. Unfortunately, the main supply channels stopped carrying this item about 30 years ago.

What’s the story with the new office building which is becoming more and more behind schedule , waiting for a specific size and kind of conduit or conduit fittings, and then to find out that it is weeks after the original delivery date that the material is on backorder with no estimated time of delivery?

Each of these scenarios illustrates the need-to-have electrical equipment – crucial demand from the consumers’ perspectives. This is the second electric supply company. They’ve acquired and warehoused hard-to-find electrical products for the kind of situations. But even if the replacement component is located there is still a question to be asked What is the degree of safety for the replacement?

Only way to answer the “safety” question is to test the component with acceptance testing. If needed, recondition the part to ensure it meets or exceeds the product’s original performance specifications, or upgrade the component to use newer technology which exceed the original specifications.

This is the place where a skilled secondary channel for electrical products is a vital and essential service, especially since OEMs continue to employ “lean” manufacturing practices which increase lead times for numerous electrical devices.

To answer this demand, independent resellers of surplus, new, and reconditioned electrical equipment have amassed huge inventories electrical service equipment from closed industrial facilities, construction projects that were scaled back, and electrical distributors when OEMs cease or alter their product lines. Contrary to franchise electrical distributors the independent distributors of electrical products maintain inventory for longer than their primary counterparts, so that when customers need a component for expansion or replacement, it is readily available, and the customer is able to return to business.

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