How recycling and remanufacturing can help us address transformer supply chain woes in 2022.
To help ease the burden on a stressed-out global supply chain, it’s time to embrace domestic recycling and remanufacturing to increase the supply of transformers.
“COVID-zero” policies have not only failed to contain the coronavirus, they’ve also done irreparable damage to the global economy and supply chains. It will likely take supply chains years to return to any normal operating pattern, and this year, we expect it to be even more difficult to get a wide variety of industrial supplies.
In particular, goods like electrical grade steel, winding material, and other critical transformer components are now more expensive and jammed in a huge backlog. We recently discussed how this makes it important to start your planning process early to get the equipment you need.
But is there anything else we can do about these supply chain issues? Glad you asked! We believe there is.
The importance of recycling and remanufacturing in 2022
Here at Maddox, we have always been big believers in recycling used or surplus transformers. The industry term for this is remanufacturing. The Remanufacturing Industry Council defines “remanufacturing” as:
“… a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, leased, used, worn, or non-functional product or part is returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition, from both a quality and performance perspective, through a controlled, reproducible and sustainable process.”
In the case of transformers, we can think of remanufacturing as the process of finding and upgrading the thousands of old transformers that are currently sitting unused in warehouses and equipment yards.
The US is full of this kind of old infrastructure and industrial equipment. In previous years, it was cost effective to just remove that equipment and buy new stuff. But gone are those days.
Instead, we should turn our attention to remanufacturing all those old or out-of-use transformers.
The benefits are numerous:
Here at Maddox, we want to find all of that old equipment that’s collecting dust and rust so we can fix it up, make it like new, and get it back to work.
But to find that equipment, we need your help. If you’ve got surplus or used transformers, please let us know. If you know other people with old transformers they no longer need, send them this link. We’re ramping up our production teams and facilities so we can handle more domestic remanufacturing in 2022 and beyond.
And, of course, we don’t expect you to donate your transformers. We pay well for new and used equipment and take care of all the logistics. No hassles. You can sit back, relax, and know that you’re helping our nation keep the power on. After all, everytime we can find and rebuild an old transformer, it means a project gets online much quicker. That’s good for our workers, our economy, the global supply chain, and even the environment—everybody wins.
Fill out the form below to get an offer on your new or used transformer, or visit our Sell Surplus Page to learn more!