By Cameron Chai
Meritor encourages the remanufacturing of commercial trailer and truck components as the process is eco-friendly, generates jobs and optimizes fleet efficiency.
An amount of $2.7 million has been invested in the equipment by Meritor for its facility located in Plainfield, Indiana, as there has been significant growth in the sales of remanufactured components. Through its worldwide remanufacturing operations, the company recycles over 30,000 t of metal every year. Moreover, 90% of all scraps from operations have been recycled by the company. The company processes over 40,000 t of original components at its remanufacturing facilities every year.
A remanufactured component is like a new replacement part. The component is remanufactured utilizing a standardized industrialized process that follows specific technical criteria and integrates clear key management standards. Warranty coverage is the same for both remanufactured parts and newly replaced parts.
The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association also encourages the utilization of remanufactured components because of their significant contribution in fleet maintenance. Truck owners are also choosing remanufactured parts for repairs due to their ease of delivery and superior quality. Considering the costs related to the transportation of the cores, remanufacturing components locally is more cost effective. Remanufacturing companies are increasing their workforce to address the rising demand.
Meritor continues its commitment towards sustainability. Site Manager at Meritor's Plainfield facility, Dwight Treen informed that besides positively impacting the community, these efforts also optimize operational efficiencies of motor carriers.
According to Meritor's General Manager for Global Aftermarket Operations, Doug Wolma, remanufactured components provide lower costs and superior quality when compared to rebuilt components. This requirement for remanufactured product will rise in the coming years and will also include more advanced electronic components. The product suite will expand to include mechatronics, brake, engine, controls, actuators, and electronics.