New emissions standards expected to spur remanufacturing boom

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EPA-approved Tier 4 Final machines are rolling off production lines, causing many companies to requip at a steep price for new machinery.

Modern emission regulations have created a new market for engines that burn cleaner and help reduce pollutants that can harm the environment, but the technologies required to see those benefits also have added costs and complexity for equipment owners and operators.

That price tag has sparked a number of remanufacturing programs that are helping to bridge that gap by giving contractors the option to extend the life of aging equipment by refurbishing older equipment. Reworking old equipment saves considerable amounts of money compared with buying new equipment.

One of the largest remanufacturing trends in the industry is for large air compressors. Most major equipment manufacturers are offering some form of a remanufacturing program for these kinds of compressors.

The general remanufacturing process for most air compressors includes a complete restoration of the equipment. That includes a refurbished sheet-metal frame, new wiring harness, filters, fluids and other parts needed to bring the unit back to like-new condition.

Each remanufactured air compressor also receives a rebuilt engine of the same tier classification as originally equipped, as well as a factory-reconditioned air end. The unit then undergoes a thorough inspection by certified service technicians, and usable parts from the original air compressor are thoroughly cleaned and checked again before reassembly.

As machine operators scramble to get new equipment, remanufacturing services are set for a likely boom in popularity.

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