• Madi Cordle

Remanufacturing vs. Refurbishing

The words “remanufactured” and “refurbished” are often used interchangeably; however, they are two different technology recovery strategies. It is essential to understand the differences between the two processes, and why choosing remanufactured technology is the best solution for your business.

The Merriam-Webster definition of remanufacturing is, “to manufacture into a new product.” Remanufacturing is the rebuilding of a product to meet or exceed the specifications of the original manufactured product using a combination of reused, repaired, and new parts. Critical components and modules are replaced so that the unit is completely rebuilt to an as-new condition. Remanufacturing can significantly extend the life of the machine because parts that are subject to degradation that could affect a unit’s performance are replaced. Remanufacturing is a more thorough and costly recovery process because it works toward a higher standard than refurbishing. If a vendor can’t meet or exceed the OEM specification standards of remanufacturing, then the unit should be considered refurbished.

The definition of refurbishing is, “to brighten or freshen up: to renovate or restore to a former better state.” Refurbished devices are used models that have been restored to an extent; however, restorations can be made at varying degrees. The word refurbished implies that the unit has been repaired or restored to a good working condition, but there is no way to be certain as there is no legal definition of refurbished goods. The term can cover a vast number of scenarios. Refurbished products could be anything from unused customer returns that are essentially new, to defective products returned under warranty and then resold after ensuring proper functionality.

Refurbished technology should be considered skeptically because it hasn’t been reassembled to meet the Original Equipment Manufacturer specifications as remanufactured technology has. To ensure the highest quality and minimize the risk of future problems, always choose remanufacturing when choosing to replace, repair, or stock electronic equipment.

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