Which Gearbox to Choose, New or Refurbished Gearboxes?
Having to replace a gearbox on a machine can be a very costly and long-winded process. In cases where the gearbox of a machine has a fault or is broken, it can put a whole stop to a company’s manufacturing process. This could consequently cause a delay in the running of your business and possibly profit to lose if the gear has broken on an essential machine for the day to day running of a business. However, do not panic, we have a quick and easy solution to get your business and machinery back up to full speed with our refurbished gearboxes service. But what is the difference between purchasing a new gearbox and refurbished gearboxes?
Buying a brand-new gearbox may seem like your only solution but this can be very expensive and, in most case, ends up costing more than the machine itself. All though there are some positives with the purchase of a new gearbox such as the gearbox having a long service life because it is a brand-new unused gearbox there are still a considerable number of negative factors that suggest that purchasing refurbished gearboxes is the better option.
On the other hand, there are also negative factors to consider when purchasing new or refurbished gearboxes. The gearbox you require is not always readily available this can cause the issue of the gearbox you require not being in stock meaning you may have to wait for one to become available or order from a central warehouse overseas. This can cause further problems down the line for your business, having to wait on units becoming available can cause you and your business to come to a standstill.
Also as mentioned previously brand-new gearboxes come with a very high price tag; it is worth considering whether the cost of the new gearbox exceeds the value of the machine.
Purchasing refurbished gearboxes could be the solution to all your problems. Many gear companies have expert teams of engineers who specialise in the restoration and refurbishing gearboxes. This process involves the gearbox being completely stripped down and all aspects of the gearbox are checked for wear, tear and any damaged parts on the gearbox are replaced.
The common misconception about purchasing refurbished gearboxes is that the gearbox will be of lower quality. This is not the case the parts and specifications that need replacing are matched to those of the original manufacturer therefore the quality is similar if not the same as purchasing a brand-new gearbox.
Furthermore, when purchasing refurbished gearboxes, it is essentially the same as you are buying a new unit but without the expensive price tag to come with it. In many cases, reconditioning a gearbox instead of buying a new one is a more economical route to take for most industrial companies. The goal when producing refurbished gearboxes is to reduce downtime to a minimum resulting in a quick, efficient and high-speed turnaround. Therefore, ensuring the refurbished gearboxes are returned to our customers as soon as possible and to the highest standard of quality.
Warehouse shelving units can help you to maximise the storage potential in your warehouse, utilising the height and increasing the overall storage capacity. Warehouse shelving units are available in a range of different sizes, loadings and as a single, double or multi-tier system. Warehouse shelving structures can be individually designed to suit your business application.
There are various shelving systems available giving you many different options from leading warehouse shelving manufacturers, there is an ever growing range of warehouse shelving including boltless, rivet racking, longspan and many more.
Warehouse shelving can be a low cost storage solution to ensure that your warehouse will remain organised and operate efficiently whilst providing access to previously redundant valuable storage space. Warehouse shelving systems can also be used at factories, garages the workplace and even in your home.
There are many advantages to Warehouse shelving including:
- Designed with a layer of paint coating to protect it against rust and other scratches
- Easy access and flexibility
- Money saving storage solution
- Saves floor space whilst offering more storage
Most shelving designs mean you can add another rack, another shelf or another unit , safe in the knowledge that anything you store is safe and easily accessible.
Warehouse shelving and racking can be a vital part of your business; there are shelving and racking protection systems. These systems will protect your shelving or racking from dents and bumps caused by machinery that could cause in-repairable damage.
Racking and shelving protection also helps you abide by UK racking and shelving legislation. Another way to ensure you are abiding by legislation such as this is it ensures annual racking safety inspections are conducted in order to ensure maximum security of your storage system.
Having a qualified coded welder is important to make sure your welding job is compliant with the latest standards. Coded welding has various methods and codes each specific to a certain job in hand. Some of these codes are very specific to certain jobs while others are a lot more general.
In the UK, BS EN standards are used for the welder approval codes. Meanwhile in the USA the ASME IX standard is used.
A welding sample is provided for the job which needs to qualify to that specification. Once this sample is approved by a test examiner then the welder can be considered coded to that specification.
Due to the many standards available each one requires testing to become a multi-coded welder.
A list of welder qualification standards are as follows:
- BS EN ISO 9606-1
- BS EN ISO 9606-2
- BS EN ISO 9606-3
- BS EN ISO 9606-4
- BS EN ISO 9606-5
- BS EN 287-1
- BS 4872-1
- BS 4872-2
- ASME IX
- AWS D1.1
These are the main standards used in the UK for coded welding qualification.
Once the welding has been completed then testing needs to be completed to see if the work carried out is up to scratch. There are various types of weld testing which are used to comply with the latest standards. NDT testing (Non-Destructive Test) is the most common test carried out in industry today, a 5% inspection is usually recommended. MT testing (Magnetic Particle) is an alternative to NDT and another common test used in industrial welding.
Certified coded welding is often required for certain jobs, especially large contracts with bigger budgets.