Typically, automakers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are the biggest users of remanufacturing services. Remanufacturing service centers are instrumental in helping automakers like GM, Chrysler, Toyota and Honda handle recalls that require parts replacement, and assisting OEMs like Bose, Clarion and Aptiv when problems occur with entertainment systems and radios. At the automotive dealership level, parts professionals work with designated remanufacturing service centers to get drivers fixed up and back on the road as efficiently as possible.
Automotive Electronics Remanufacturing is a practice used by auto manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to extend the life of electronic components for instrument clusters, radios and other elements of the modern automobile. Completed under the right conditions with the right expertise, automotive electronics remanufacturing produces components considered to be the functional equivalent to a new component. According to the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA), a rebuilt part is “virtutally indistinguishable from a new part.” That’s why the Federal Trade Commission in the United States (FTC) requires such parts to be labeled as “rebuilt” so as to distinguish them from new parts.
Remanufacturing automotive parts requires the complete disassembly of the existing part for cleaning and assessment of what can be used, and what must be replaced or rebuilt. In the case of automotive electronics remanufacturing, smart diagnostics processes are the key to identifying specific problems and determining the exact renewal process. From replacing a worn out circuit board, to rewiring an entire entertainment system, electronics remanufacturing for the automotive industry is a complex science that requires cultivated expertise.
OEM enterprises that want to ease the burden of e-waste on the environment can consider partnering with a reliable electronics remanufacturing center that specializes in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). By extending the lifespan of electronics, manufacturers can significantly cut down on cost by reducing the need to produce or purchase new product and get more use out of salvageable product.
Finding a partner that can handle your products from cradle-to-grave and specializes in remanufacturing to OEM standards can significantly reduce your environmental impact. When OEM enterprises offer extensive triage testing, repair, programming, and logistical competencies through reliable service centers, remanufactured products can be delivered to customers for a fraction of the cost of purchasing new. As a result, it’s a win win for all, especially the environment.
Choosing a remanufacturing service center can be a daunting task, even for the most informed and efficient automotive industry leaders. Whether an automaker or OEM, our helpful ebook can provide insight into the most important factors to consider when choosing your next partner.