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The true meaning of remanufacturing (vs refurbishing)

<p class="MsoNormal"><b>“Remanufactured” is a label that can be falsely given to products in order to provide a more premium and sustainable feel that customers can relate too – something that a vast majority of organisations are guilty of doing within our industry and many others, when in fact, their products are simply “refurbished”.<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Given our current economic climate, customers around the world are looking to secure and improve their bottom line in order to give themselves the best chance at maintaining successful, profitable businesses in such difficult circumstances which includes battling against the rising costs of living, utilities, logistical issues and much, much more. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a result, “second-hand” products and solutions have surged in popularity and are likely to continue to do so, enabling customers to save money, maintain quality and promote a more sustainable outlook. This is no different to how our industry is shaping up for 2023; remanufactured toners are more popular than ever, with compatible toners also flooding the market. As supply chain issues continue to grow and OEM manufacturers find it difficult to produce and supply their own brand products, this trend is set to continue well beyond visibility. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">While the use of remanufactured toner cartridges is a fantastic way of navigating the existing market in its current state and the barriers that have presented themselves to businesses, it’s incredibly important to take well informed decisions and gain as much knowledge as you can about the remanufacturing process the products that you’re buying go through, as not every product on the market lives up to their ‘remanufactured’ title.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">There’s no denying how far remanufacturing techniques have come and the considerable impact that second-hand products have had on the technology industry over the last few years, ensuring that a large majority of products that could be considered waste are instead reused as commercially attractive options. <b>As a remanufacturer of high-end premium toner cartridges ourselves, we’d always recommend a remanufactured toner cartridge to our partners as we utilise techniques that have been developed over decades to ensure that our products are able to match OEM cartridges in all facets for a fraction of the price.<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%">How do we do it?</span></b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; line-height:107%"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Once a cartridge has been returned to our state-of-the-art recycling facility, it passes through numerous checks which enable us to evaluate each individual cartridge down to the smallest detail to ensure that our demanding remanufacturing criteria is met. Those cartridges that don’t meet requirements are shredded down (into small pieces of plastic and metal) so that they can be recycled and reused as raw materials in other product lifecycles in order to avoid any items going to landfill. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cartridges which do meet ETIRA remanufacturing standards and our own in-house criteria go through rigorous testing and pass through various quality control measures to ensure that they’re eligible to be remanufactured back to OEM standard. This includes checking all parts and components to ensure key features such as the cartridge shell and gears are intact and in full working order. Any parts which are likely to compromise the longevity or performance of a cartridge will be replaced before the cartridge is filled with premium Japanese toner. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Each cartridge must also comply with mandatory environmental legislation (REACH, COSHH and RoHS) to ensure that all materials and chemical substances aren’t detrimental to the environment and be accompanied by a material safety data sheet. This, in combination with our own in depth quality control testing procedures and externally verified benchmark data guarantees that our products are suitable to be placed onto the market once again and will meet OEM standards. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%">How do others do it?<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We can’t speak on behalf of everybody, but a large amount of companies who claim to ‘remanufacture’ their products don’t adhere to the same strict rules that we do in order to make a high-end remanufactured product, which is why we emphasise the need to do your research into the products that you’re buying. Despite having the same end goal as us, and labelling their products as remanufactured, some organisations techniques simply aren’t at the level required to produce true remanufactured products which are able to compete with OEM cartridges and be seen as a viable alternative for those looking to save money while maintaining performance. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We often refer to the techniques used by some remanufacturers as <b>‘drill and refill’</b>, making the products that have gone through this process closer to a refurbished cartridge than a remanufactured one. While these products do still help to make a dent in the horrific number of cartridges that are destined for landfill, they’re only prolonging the inevitable, as the reality is that that these products aren’t fit for purpose and will more than likely let you down sooner rather than later. It’s important not to be fooled by the ‘OEM look’ of these cartridges, as the majority of below-par remanufacturers will do everything they can to make their products look as cosmetically close enough to their OEM counterparts as they can.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In reality, the benefits of these cartridges appear in order on paper, <b><u>but there is a catch</u></b>. The ‘drill and refill’ technique really is as simple as it sounds; drill a hole in a cartridge, fill it with toner powder, seal it back up and label it as remanufactured. This technique is the equivalent of covering a leak with tape; it might do the job initially, but eventually you’re likely to run into big problems with any product that has been treated this way. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><b><a href="https://www.ecs-uk-ltd.co.uk/thankyou-for-your-interest-in-ecs-form">Click here</a></b></span> to become an ECS Partner in order to gain access to our full range of premium remanufactured toner cartridges and find out more about our remanufacturing process&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>

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