Getting the most out of your investment is key to maximizing total cost of ownership (TCO) and getting the best return on investment (ROI). One way to achieve those goals is to purchase remanufactured powertrain components. With the high-quality remanufacturing procedures offered today by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which go beyond just restoring component to adding upgrades, buying reman powertrain components just makes good sense.
Starting with engines
According to Betsy Ballard, vice president, engineering and business development, Detroit Reman, “Detroit is remanufacturing a variety of heavy-duty engines for various applications and customers including: Detroit two-cycle, S60 and the DD Series (13, 15 and 16); Mercedes MBE 900 and MB 4000. We also do smaller applications including Dodge Hemi and Sprinter engines. We offer most engine components for these engines as well (turbos, injectors, pumps, cylinder heads, ECMs, etc). Coming soon Detroit will reman the heavy-duty Detroit DT12 transmission.”
She goes on to point out that the advantages for the customer of these products is they are purchasing a genuine Detroit product that has been fully tested and remanufactured to Detroit specifications. All components are warranted for one-year/100k miles, which is the same as our coverage on a new component. “We are able to match this warranty because these products are often upgraded to incorporate the latest specification level so a Detroit Reman engine or transmission is considered as good or better than new,” she says. “These products are offered for a lower price than an all-new version and that value is a big benefit to our customers. “’d advise fleets to consider utilizing a genuine remanufactured product and one that can be serviced nationally as keeping their fleet trucks up and running is paramount to their business success.
Reman products offer a savings without sacrificing quality or warranty coverage versus a new. “I think fleets benefit tremendously from being able to count on a Detroit product and the backing that Detroit offers them,” Ballard says.
“Cummins rigorous five-step remanufacturing process ensures that every ReCon engine meets or exceeds its original performance specifications for when it was new,” says Sena Adekpuitor Townsend, advertising and promotions manager for Cummins. “Cummins ReCon engines are remanufactured on the same assembly lines using the same advanced processes and testing techniques used in manufacturing new Cummins engines. Engines are completely disassembled with great care to protect and prepare key components for processing.” She goes on to say that each part is carefully cleaned using the latest technology to remove debris without removing any metal, including the use of dry ice, enzymes and lasers for specialized cleaning needs. If an upgrade has been made from the original design, all upgrades will be added as the engine is remanufactured. The latest technology, including ultrasonic inspection, is just one of the many methods used to verify that every Cummins ReCon engine meets original factory specifications. Individual components are checked with micrometers and lasers for dimensional correctness, and assembled components are subjected to full-load conditions to verify functionality. Validation testing, using fail-safe processes, verifies that the performance and reliability of the remanufactured product meets Cummins stringent standards.
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