A remanufacturer has hit out over a lack of defined specs from OEs, resulting in mixed quality between reman suppliers.
“The root cause of the problem is the lack of universal build specifications from the OE manufacturers,” said Steve Smith, Managing Director of remanufacturer Feather Diesel Services (FDS). “They don’t define what should be done when their products are remanufactured, and the market can fall into the trap of assuming it’s all the same.
“It’s just easier for people to look at a price, rather than the processes involved in top-quality remanufacturing.”
FDS have identified four key areas where it believes costs are being cut in diesel remanufacturing. These are first, not replacing some components, secondly, not cleaning properly, thirdly, not testing and fourthly, through use of non- genuine components. All of these directly impact quality and reliability.
Smith cited an example of a poorly remanufactured pump that was available to purchase in the UK, but the most expensive part of the pump known as the ZME valve had not been replaced.
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