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Rebuilt Industrial Transmission Buyers Guide -- 3 Key Things To Look For When Purchasing

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 9, 2008
Purchasing industrial transmissions for off-road and marine purposes can be a costly exercise for many companies. An option worthy of consideration is whether to buy a brand new industrial transmission or a rebuilt industrial transmission.

Buying a rebuilt industrial transmission is a viable way of acquiring quality industrial transmissions for less than the cost of new industrial transmissions. To ensure that your rebuilt transmission will perform just as well as a new one, and to maximum value for money, there are three key things to look for in a company when purchasing.

1. Custom vs Assembly Line Rebuilding Processes

Custom built -- the very phrase denounces mass production and gives the impression of higher quality. But is a custom rebuilt process going to produce a better quality rebuilt industrial transmission than an assembly line process? The short answer, not surprisingly, is yes -- a custom rebuilt transmission will generally have a longer lifespan.

One of the key reasons that custom rebuilding increases an industrial transmissions' life span is because each transmission is rebuilt individually. This means that the rebuilding process can be adjusted to the individual requirements of each transmission. This in turn reduces the occurrence of flaws that would otherwise be missed by assembly line processes.

2. Quality Control

Quality control is an absolutely vital component of any remanufacturing process. The remanufacturing company that you purchase your transmission from should have a clearly stated commitment to quality control.

A good rebuilt industrial transmission will have been broken down to its components. Each individual component should then be cleaned using industrial-grade methods to remove problem-causing debris. The remanufacture specialists should then go through each component with a fine tooth comb to ensure that no debris is left in the parts. The rebuilding of the industrial transmissions should only commence after all components have passed quality control.

3. Testing Through A Work Cycle

Test, test, then test again. This should be the motto of all good remanufacturing companies. When selecting a rebuilt transmission investigate the testing processes that it's subjected to in its remanufacturing. A good industrial transmissions remanufacture will have put in place rigorous testing methods using a Dynamometer. A Dynamometer is a device that places load on a mechanical device to measure its force output as an indicator of performance.

Specific to the remanufacturing industry, the Dynamometer should take the rebuilt transmission through what is called an in-vehicle work cycle. This work cycle should simulate the conditions under which the rebuilt transmission will work in the real world, and test its performance.

In addition to testing, every rebuilt industrial transmission should have a failure analysis report available for inspection before purchasing. The failure analysis report should be prepared by a qualified remanufacture engineer and contain information on how to prevent components from failing prematurely. Reading through the failure analysis report and following its recommendations will help you get the maximum performance from your rebuilt industrial transmission and also help to extending the lifespan of the transmission.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is an expert on industrial transmissions and an author for Dealers Transmission Exchange, a leading remanufacture of rebuilt industrial transmissions.
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