MYTH-BUSTING MEANS MONEY: Refurbished process equipment minus significant risk

Process equipment is one of the less-likely places where a manager will takes chances: There are enough variables attached to supply-chain management, process controls, and personnel supervision to look at the hardware side of manufacturing as a bastion of reliability. In this environment, refurbished equipment can appear to be an unwelcome idea and an undesirable reality.

Kinetics, among the most proficient and reputable makers of FSI process equipment, has an entirely different view of the landscape of purchasing options. This is not solely because the company excels at giving new life to proven platforms: The global, competitive realities of manufacturing provide a strong rationale for the selected application of refurbished equipment.
Quite understandably, the concerns around this general category have some basis in reality. These concerns can often be rooted in business and personal purchasing categories that may include pre-owned automobiles, and have little direct correlation to process equipment.

To more fairly evaluate the FSI refurbished process equipment option, the associated worries – those that have grown to mythic proportions – need, at minimum, a considered second look. And that includes both outside purchasing as well as refurbishing existing in-house systems.

Myth #1: Refurbished is for start-up or struggling operations.

Reality: Frequently, well-established plants are among the first to search for this category. That’s often because they have a clearer idea of what constitutes meaningful, measurable performance in their particular operation. In other words, their spec is tighter.

Myth #2: Refurbished pushes us backward on the technology curve.

Reality: In many process stages and steps, consistent performance relies more upon functionality than future-facing features. If process and environmental concerns have been identified and addressed, then reliability across numerous (or even, rapid) cycles is paramount.

Myth #3: Refurbished is, at best, holding our own.

Reality: A well-chosen subsystem may elevate the entire process when it represents an upgrade in quality, cycle time, control, materials utilization, or operator consistency. The assumption that results will regress is what puts choice refurbished equipment in the hands of savvy competitors.

Myth #4: This is about buying someone else’s problems or failures.

Reality: The scrutiny attached to a coherent refurbishment process is a barrier to inheriting the shortcomings or imperfections of equipment. In other words, the prior user’s experience attached to the system becomes a baseline from which to build (versus a deficit that needs to be overcome).

Myth #5: Companies in this category are looking for transactions, not relationships.

Kinetics is an example of a company that creates, designs, and builds new systems as their primary business focus. Through working with clients globally, the recognition of the need for a trusted source of refurbished equipment – selected to exacting specifications – has continued to grow.
To progressive manufacturers with an eye on performance, the refurbished equipment path has become a well-worn one. Not simply as a defensive method of saving money, but as a coherent strategy to streamline manufacturing operations. It starts with putting distracting emotions on hold and busting some myths.

Click HERE to learn more as Kinetics is a recognized leader in the design, manufacture and installation of process equipment in providing installation, start-up, troubleshooting, spare parts, system retrofits, upgrades, maintenance, and repair service for process equipment. In addition to Kinetics-branded tools, the team has extensive experience in refurbished process equipment.