Remanufacturing – Automotive

While many of our products go straight into vehicle manufacturing, we also provide a full remanufacturing service for aftermarket parts, primarily for the UK market but also for European customers.

We have the ability to remanufacture a complete allmakes range of power steering products for the UK truck and bus market as well as many other power steering and hydraulic products. Every year we remanufacture around 11,000 units, including:
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We also remanufacture a range of cab tilt, braking, fuel engine and cooling products.

Remanufacturing is the ultimate form of recycling, giving products multiple life cycles. Due to the sophisticated processes we use to reclaim and replace parts, fewer components are needlessly wasted and longer lasting products are supplied – this can significantly reduce customer costs. Also, by having excellent availability and turnaround, we keep user downtime to a minimum.

As good as new…

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Pioneering best practice

At PSS we are known for our expertise in remanufacturing to Original Equipment standards and have pioneered many best practices in remanufacturing. Our workforce contains many of the UK’s leading engineers in their field, who have spent years developing remanufacturing technology for hydraulic and steering products.

With our state of the art machine shop, comprising CNC machinery and laser cutting, tool making facilities, and our fully equipped modern drawing office, we have the ability to produce new components to infill worn or scrapped hard parts.

Whether units are hydraulic or mechanical, our highly skilled workforce can remanufacture them in minimal turnaround time. Our orders are received either on a Return and Remanufacture Service Exchange / VOR / or a scheduled basis, and we are always able to respond rapidly to priority and urgent demands.

The basic remanufacturing process

When we remanufacture a power steering product, the process begins with a worn or broken core unit. After initial identification, the first operation involves our technicians cleaning the unit using highly sophisticated cleaning equipment, shot-blasting it and then disassembling using dedicated tooling. At this stage, any parts that require mandatory replacement are discarded, and all other components are measured, analysed and checked to ensure they are within required specifications and tolerances. Any hard components that require re-work are re-engineered accordingly, and those that need replacing are infilled with replacement parts. The unit’s recovered hard parts are then cleaned again using specialised equipment, and are kitted with the appropriate repair kits and replacement parts ready for assembly.

The unit is then assembled against its assembly process plan in a clean room environment, and is fully tested to specifications and conditions that simulate vehicle operating conditions.

Once the unit has passed this extensive testing criteria, it is spray painted, individually hard stamped with a unique identification code for full traceability, labelled, packed and dispatched.

When the end customer fits our product to their vehicle, their old unit is returned to us for the service exchange process to begin all over again.

The benefits of remanufacturing

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  • Cost-effective
    Remanufactured products are much cheaper than purchasing the same product brand new, resulting in significant savings for your business.
  • Better availability
    Remanufactured products will always be available, giving you access to items previously only available as expensive, brand new units, or items that are no longer in production.
  • Fast turnaround
    Due to better availability, remanufactured products help speed up turnaround, keeping lead times and repair times to a minimum.
  • Saves raw materials
    Remanufacturing means minimal wastage. In terms of raw materials, a remanufactured unit will use only use around 10% of the raw materials it would take to produce a new unit.
  • Saves energy
    The process of remanufacturing saves energy that would otherwise be needed for manufacturing new products. For example, 85% of the energy needed to produce a typical Light CV steering rack would be saved by choosing a remanufactured unit instead.
Remanufacturing typically uses 90% less raw materials

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