Reconditioned Electrical Equipment Can Be Safe

Nearly every product on the world has two primary markets: one for the new product, and the second market for used sometimes referred to as surplus used, remanufactured, or rebuilt product. visit:-

Computers, cars as well as jewelry and electronic devices are only a few examples of thriving industries that trade in used products. The commercial and industrial electrical supply markets are no any different.

Electronic equipment, similar to machines and automobiles, are built to last for decades. Like other items that last, electrical appliances is risky for people who aren’t experienced, whether it’s either a new or reconditioned product. The confluence of these two factors indicates that the safety of products, not just availability is critical to a healthy electrical marketplace.

In 1908, The National Association of Electrical Distributors was founded in 1908 to “establish the electrical distributor as an essential force in the electrical industry and economy,” then followed by the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) in 1926. These venerable associations eventually expanded to include educational programs and guidelines to enhance the operations and safety of the electrical supply chain, with an emphasis on the latest products made by electrical Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Within the next 50 years, two additional associations emerged to help service the installed and used base of equipment. They were the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) focused on rewinding specifications for electric motors. Meanwhile, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) provided guidance, training and accreditation for field-testing electrical equipment. But it wasn’t until 1996 that an independent group of electrical distributors teamed up to encourage the reconditioning of electrical equipment used in industrial applications. The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) is the only trade organization which offers standards for reconditioning technical standards for industrial electrical products with a code for ethics, ongoing training, site and technician accreditation, and best methods. The membership of PEARL’s corporate members has grown to more than 70 independent electrical resellers who earn revenues in excess of 500 million dollars per year.

Why Do We Need Used Electrical Equipment?

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

Take a manufacturing facility with a malfunctioning component in an electrical service that is critical. A new replacement component isn’t available from the manufacturer and distributors for a period of weeks, months or worse, not at all. What is the plant’s responsibility?

What about the power generation station that distributes electricity through a vintage – but perfectly maintained 15kv switchgear, built in 1959. The station requires an upgrade of the tie breaker in their system from 2000A up to 3000A in order cope with the growing demand.

The most cost effective (and practical) method to upgrade it is by replacing the tie breaker by one with the same vintage and design, but with the greater current rating. Unfortunately, the main supply channels stopped selling this item about 30 years ago.

What’s the story with the new office building that is slowing down and falling behind schedule ? Are you waiting for a certain dimension and type of conduit , or fittings for conduit, only to find weeks later than the date of delivery that the material is currently on backorder without any estimated date of delivery?

Each of these instances illustrates the need-to-have electrical products – essential demand from customers’ perspectives. This is the second electricity supply houses. They’ve sourced and stored hard-to-find electrical products for this kind of scenario. But, regardless of where the component that is being replaced is in place however, the question is What is the degree of safety for the replacement?

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

This is where a savvy secondary channel for electrical products is a vital and essential service, especially since OEMs continue to use “lean” manufacturing techniques which increase lead times for numerous electrical devices.

To satisfy this need, independent retailers of new, surplus, and reconditioned electrical components have accumulated huge inventories of electrical service equipment that are from closed industrial plant, construction projects with a scaled-back schedule, and electrical distributors when OEMs cease or alter their the lines of products they offer. As opposed to franchise and OEM electrical distributors the independent distributors of electrical products maintain inventory for longer than the main channel, so that when customers require a component for expansion or replacement, it is available and the customer is able to return to the business.

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