With a topic like vehicle remanufacturing, it's sometimes a challenge to explain to people just what the term remanufacturing means. At one time there were many words that applied to reman, such as renewal, rebuilding, restoring, refurbishment, etc. Now remanufacturing is a global standard, defined thusly:
"Remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which previously sold, leased, used, worn or non-functional products or parts are returned to like-new or better-than-new condition, from both a quality and performance perspective, through a controlled, reproducible and sustainable process."
Ok, so that's maybe not as clear as crystal, but it unifies the activities that go into a remanufactured product. My Texas client, Vehicle Reman LLC, handles complete vehicle remanufacturing of Class 1-5 (that's 19,500 pounds and lighter) pickup trucks, box trucks, SUVs, vans and buses. The reman process is comprehensive. Vehicles are disassembled to the frame. All components, systems and parts are cleaned and inspected. Worn, broken or defective parts and components are replaced, often with same-as-new remanufactured ones. Sometimes the process involves replacing the entire engine or transmission. Whatever the job requires.
What makes reman such as effective tool is that it retains the core, the working parts of the vehicle that a customer has already paid for. The core and the new or reman parts go to make up the fully remanufactured vehicle. The most important work can't be easily seen in the finished product, since it's under and inside the vehicle. What can easily be seen is the savings. Vehicle Reman typically saves each customer 30-50 percent off the cost of a similarly equipped new vehicle. That should get your attention. Spread those savings across a fleet of 100 trucks and you're looking at serious revenue recovery.
Take a look at just some of the before and after images from recent vehicle reman projects. In these cases, seeing really is believing.