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Remanufacturing is a Big Part of the Heavy-Duty Engine Plan

    In too many sectors of the economy, when something becomes worn out, the only options are disposal or sometimes recycling. But for worn-out heavy-duty diesel engines, owners do have options and a new life is just beginning thanks to the industry’s longstanding commitment to remanufacturing.

    Heavy-duty diesel engines power the majority of commercial trucks, marine vessels, railroad locomotives, as well as farm and construction equipment. They’re truly the workhorses of these sectors of the global economy designed with reliability and durability in mind. They’re built to last thousands of hours, or go hundreds of thousands of miles, and with this tremendous use comes normal wear and tear. Beyond routine maintenance, when an engine experiences higher oil consumption, loss of power or increased fuel consumption, it’s time for action.

    Depending on the age and condition of the engine, an extended service or rebuild can replace major worn parts while the engine remains in the truck or machine, restoring performance to like-new. For other engines at the end of their useful lives, further repairs are not cost effective, but disposal is rarely considered. That’s because built into their design from the ground up is detailed consideration of the value throughout the full life cycle of the product.

    Remanufacturing is a standardized industrial process by which worn out engines - the core engine components - engine block, heads and other components are returned to same-as-new, or better, condition and performance. The process is in line with specific technical specifications, including engineering, quality, and testing standards. The process yields fully warranted products. An industrial process is an established process, which is fully documented, and capable of fulfilling the requirements established by the remanufacturer.

    At certain lifecycle and usage intervals, diesel engines can be rebuilt with new internal components such as bearings, valves, cylinder liners and rings to manufacturer performance specifications of the original product. Worn components are made of valuable metals which are themselves recyclable. Producing new products requires a certain amount of raw materials and energy. Remanufacturing uses significantly less raw materials like iron ore, aluminum, and other metals, and overall, less energy, which also means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

    Remanufacturing has become an important part of engine manufacturers’ businesses and their relationship with their dealers, distributors, and customers. That makes it one of the lesser well known but valuable attributes of diesel engines, and an increasingly important one as customers evaluate lifecycle costs of ownership as new fuels and technologies enter the marketplace.

    Global Reman Day – April 13, 2023 – is a way to recognize this important aspect of a product’s design and practices that enable it to extend its useful life, reduce the demand for new manufacturing, and save energy. It also helps avoid the extraction and processing of raw materials that go into a new engine.

    To learn more about the remanufacturing of heavy-duty diesel engines and components, visit some of the leaders in remanufacturing: