Electrical equipment perhaps more than any other type requires the greatest care and skill in rebuilding if it is to be returned to first class condition. To those unfamiliar with this work, it would appear that the cost would prove prohibitive. Even after rebuilding the skeptic might doubt its ability to perform. However, it is rebuilt, sold and installed at a figure which makes its use attractive, and furthermore its service is comparable with new. Coming from reputable dealers it carries a performance guaranty.
In this issue is an article describing the installation and performance of rebuilt electrical equipment upon which the operation of a large manufacturing concern depends. Among the motors installed are several large machines which carry the entire power load of the company. Their performance must be continuous for quantity production. Failure would mean disruption of output.
Even under these exacting conditions rebuilt motors have been installed. The original installation through its performance paved the way for subsequent additions. For over two years these machines totalling more than 2,000 hp. have exceeded expectation—and at an initial saving of over 30% of the cost of new units.
Maintenance and operating costs compare equally with equipment.
Surely this is a concrete example of the successful use of such equipment, and an expression of confidence in the rebuilding industry.
When Do Your Machine Tools Become Too Old?
Machine tools, contrary to the manufacturer’s conception of the subject, become too old only when changes in production methods and improvements in design allow for their replacement with modern tools either new or rebuilt. It is very easy to consider all machine tools not of the 1926 vintage to be obsolete or too old. Such an assumption would create a favorable market for manufacturers.
It is obvious that machine tool equipment should be checked up periodically against what may available in more modern tools, However, availability includes the used rebuilt equipment market where such machines may be obtained at a price which will allow for their installation without serious inconvenience to the financial condition of the company.
Some have placed the time in which the new tool should pay for itself in improved production at five years. Why wait so long? With the lower cost of used rebuilt machinery this replacement time could very easily be set at two years.
The improved efficiency of economical methods results from better mechanical production. This latter can be obtained through the installation of more modern equipment.
Machine too only become old when they can be replaced economically by others having greater production efficiency.