Reconditioned Electrical Equipment

Choosing to recondition a product

When you are dealing with electrical product reconditioning it is very important that you follow the proper guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Electrical products can be dangerous if you are not careful which is why it’s so important to have a professional handle any type of repair or reconditioning of electrical products.

The new NEMA policy on reconditioned electrical equipment has been released and should not only be read but also understood by everyone associated with electrical product reconditioning. When you have an issue with your electrical products you now have the option to have your problematic product reconditioned instead of having to purchase a new one. This can help save money and time because let’s face it when you order a product it takes time to process and time to ship which is down time for the company in general.

When deciding to have products reconditioned there are specified precautions which must be adhered to for everyone’s safety. First, let’s take a look at the fundamental tenets for reconditioning electrical products as stated in the NEMA policy on reconditioned electrical equipment.

  • Will reconditioning the product extend the life of the product giving more operational time to the equipment or will the reconditioning enhance the product giving it additional features?
  • Is there a reconditioning specialist in the local area that will be able to perform the tasks you are in need of? You don’t want to hand over the product to just anyone and expect them to be able to recondition it.
  • Has the electrical equipment been exposed to any adverse conditions, such as fire, water damage, or any other adverse condition? If they have it might not be safe to have this item reconditioned.
  • Is the reconditioning available based on the OEM (original equipment manufacturer)? The answer to this question can be found in the original paperwork for the equipment. If you have questions you can find a list of items that can be reconditioned based on the NEMA guidelines online, while this list may be subjected to changes it is a pretty comprehensive list that should be able to help you determine what can be reconditioned.

When you are looking to have an electrical product reconditioned don’t cut corners and try to find a cheaper solution because the product you get back might not be up to safety standards which in turn could harm many people, make sure your electrical product is tested, maintained, and operated prior to normal use when returning from the reconditioning work.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

The Timely Nature Of Purchasing Refurbished Equipment

When facilities are in need of refurbished equipment or parts it usually comes at a crucial time.  Businesses can’t afford downtime.  When equipment fails it is crucial that it gets serviced as soon as possible.  It is important that the parts to service the equipment are available as well.  This is just one of the reasons that refurbished equipment and refurbished machine components popularity has increased.  Another benefit being the cost savings that comes with using refurbished equipment and replacement components.

When equipment breaks down or components fail it is important to remember that these expenses are usually unplanned.  This means that most companies that work within a budget are struggling to find the funds to replace or repair the equipment.  Without allotted resources within the budget it can be difficult to find a reliable replacement on such short notice.  This is one of the reasons that the refurbished equipment and refurbished electrical component industries are booming.

When looking to find dependable refurbished machinery or parts that will aid in production for years to come there are a few things you need to ask when shopping.  When purchasing a refurbished piece of equipment it is important to know what components have been replaced or rebuilt.  Determining when service has been done will give you a better understanding of the care that has been given to the machine.  Vital components that have been recently replaced are also important to note.  It is important to keep accurate records and service reports on any and all equipment within your facility.

Another question you will want to ask when looking to purchase refurbished equipment or components to repair machines is about the warranty. Refurbished machinery is not any more or less susceptible to breakdowns than a new one would be.  Refurbished equipment and components can save companies upwards of fifty percent over new.  This savings is often adjusted when a warranty is offered.

If you find yourself in need of equipment for your facility consider looking into refurbished.  Refurbished equipment and parts can be purchased from both OEM manufacturers and companies specializing in refurbishing.   Working with a reputable company that is well known within the industry is just another way to safeguard you against purchasing a lemon.  It is important to have a solid working relationship with equipment sellers and servicers.  Building a relationship allows you to receive the customer service attention you need when faced with a crisis.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

Key Elements To Look For When Buying Refurbished Equipment and Components

When it comes to buying equipment to use in manufacturing there are many advantages that come from purchasing used or refurbished pieces.  It is cost effective for companies, both big and small, to buy quality used and refurbished industrial assets for their facilities.  It is also beneficial for a company’s budget to repair large, heavy industrial equipment with less expensive refurbished components verse OEM parts.  Before jumping into purchasing refurbished equipment and components it’s important to take into consideration a variety of factors.

It is always important to choose the right equipment for your facility.  Without the proper equipment your facility won’t run effectively.  Key elements you should look at before purchasing new or refurbished industrial equipment includes:

Is the equipment refurbished or used?

If it is used you will want to ask specific questions that have to do with the number of hours the equipment has been used as well the usage history.  Most equipment has a specific lifespan; certain repairs are known to be expected at certain points throughout its lifecycle.

If it is refurbished you will want to determine the process the company used to refurbish the equipment.  It is important to choose a company that offers quality refurbishing.  Refurbishing is not about cosmetics; it is about bringing a piece of equipment back to life.

What is the manufacturer’s reputation?

The manufacturer’s history and reputation play a role when choosing industrial equipment.  It is important that the equipment is coming from a reputable manufacturer.  Always choose quality and reputation over cost.  It is worth paying a bit more to buy a product from a reputable manufacturer.  Buying a used or refurbished component from a quality manufacturer is better than buying a new off brand with a sketchy reputation.

What maintenance records are available?

All equipment runs better and lasts longer with proper maintenance.  Before buying used equipment as to see the available maintenance records.  Think about it like a car, regular tune ups and oil changes allow the car to run more efficiently and longer.  Well maintained industrial and manufacturing equipment will last longer than one that has not.

Is there physical wear and tear?

Be sure to do a visual inspection on used and refurbished equipment before finalizing the purchase of any large scaled equipment for your facility.  Normal wear and tear is to be excepted even if the equipment has been refurbished.  Visible cracks, corrosion, wear and fatigue on components, especially mechanical ones, indicate issues with the machinery.  These should be big red flags to look for a different piece of equipment to purchase that will better meet your facilities need.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

Choosing To Use Refurbished Electrical Components

There is a myth circulating around about using reconditioned breakers.  Let’s put it to rest right here and right now.  You are not risking anything to save a few bucks when you are purchasing reconditioned electrical breakers – especially when you find a reputable company to purchase from.

Many manufacturing companies choose to use reconditioned electrical components.  Not only do they cost less over OEM parts, they are also readily available.  For older equipment finding replacement parts may not always be so simple.  Product reconditioning is one way in which manufacturers eliminate unplanned downtime.  Replacing worn or damaged components with newly refurbished components increase safety while decreasing unexpected machine breakdowns.

The process of reconditioning electrical components can vary from company to company.  The basic process of reconditioning electrical components is to bring the component back to its original state.  With quality refurbishment the product is completely disassembled, the components are cleaned, analyzed, reassembled and then a final inspection along with testing is done to ensure the component meets the manufacturers standards.

Depending on the company many times electrical component companies may be willing to lend you a component to use while they refurbish yours.  Refurbishing electrical components can take between three days to three weeks depending on the component and company providing the reconditioning.

Reconditioning isn’t only about cleaning the components but more about upgrading components to include the latest technology available.  Installing upgrades to the system communication center can allow facilities to gather trends and usage information on the system.  Another reason communication center upgrades are important when refurbishing electrical components is the ability to ensure that equipment is running properly and that power usage is similar between machinery.

Refurbishing is economical for numerous reasons.  It isn’t always affordable for manufacturers to completely replace equipment.  Maintaining machinery through refurbishing components allows companies an economical approach at replacing parts and equipment experiencing normal wear and tear through use.

When equipment breaks down because of faulty components it can often cost companies a great deal of money.  Not only do emergency repair services need to be performed, replacement parts need to be found and equipment downtime needs to be accounted for.  Simple updates through refurbishment allow components to be replaced and equipment to be maintained to increase longevity.

Seek out a company that follows stringent electrical component refurbishing guidelines.  Refurbishing requires a lot more than a new coat of paint, cleaning and lubrication.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.


Save Money With Refurbished Electrical Components

A great way for businesses to save money is to look into purchasing used or refurbished electrical components to replace components that have failed.  It is important when buying used or refurbished circuit breakers, transformers, bus ducts and plugs to make purchases from a reputable, trusted source.

There are risks involved in purchasing refurbished electrical components from unknown sources.    Components with visible damage, rust, missing pieces or illegible labeling there is an added risk.  It is important that the part that is purchased and received is in good shape and labeled appropriately.    Without much needed information on amps or wattage, especially when working with electricity, there is a greater risk of danger.  Precautions should always be taken when working with electricity.

Avoid the following when looking into buying used or refurbished electrical components:

Before you make a purchase be sure you fully understand what you need. Don’t assume the seller is educated on what you need.  As a buyer the more information you have the better off you are in getting exactly what is needed.  The brand name and catalog number are always good to have on hand when searching for a necessary component.  All of this knowledge helps to protect you, the buyer, from dodgy sellers.

It is best never to buy used or refurbished electrical components off of an ad where specific details about the product are not given.  As a buyer it is your right to know all of the details about a specific product including exactly what condition it is in upon purchase. If the information that you need is not clearly listed ask for the information in writing.

Another thing to look into when purchasing refurbished components online is to look to see if the online store also has a brick and mortar shop.  Many times companies operate both online and at a store front.  If this is the case be sure to research both aspects of their business to get a clear picture of who you are dealing with.  Companies that operate both online and in person often have a deadline on when you can return products as well as a fee for restocking the item.

Here is a list of questions to assist you when talking with sellers of used or refurbished electrical components.

  • It is important to first distinguish if the product you are purchasing is new, used or refurbished. This should be the first question you ask.  The price of the component should also reflect the difference.
  • If the component has been refurbished ask about the process the company uses to refurbish their components prior to sale.
  • Ask if there is a warranty or guarantee on the product.
  • If it is a used product is sure to clarify if the equipment is in working condition or if it is only good for parts.
  • Check to see if used or refurbished components have been tested.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

Refurbished Doesn’t Mean Used

There are certain terms that no matter what context they are used in that have a negative connotation to them.  Words like refurbished and reconditioned conjure up feelings of negative thoughts and opinions just as much as the term used.  Many companies don’t understand why they would be spending money on something if it isn’t brand new or if it is even safe.  Can refurbished electrical components, appliances and electronics be as capable as buying brand new?

Consumers looking to make purchases within a budget may choose refurbished products because they can make their purchases at a substantial discount.   Refurbished electrical components, appliances and electronics are all carefully inspected and reconditioned to standards that are often higher than buying new.  Consumers save money and are guaranteed that the products are thoroughly examined, analyzed and picture perfect.

When purchasing products that are refurbished it is important to work with a company that offers consumers a return policy.  When a purchase is made consumers must have the liberty to use the product and test it out.  A minimum of thirty days for returns to be made should be standard to ensure that the refurbished components are working as desired.

Finding a company to purchase from is the hardest part of purchasing quality refurbished products. Companies that receive components or appliance straight from the manufacturer are preferable to work with however that doesn’t mean that companies that specialize in asset management should be counted out.  Companies, especially those specializing in electrical components offer a service referred to as asset management.

The asset management division in companies concentrates on performing complete electrical clean outs and plant tear downs.  These divisions are made up of experts that are well trained in recovering components to be refurbished.  Thus insuring they are in the best possible shape to be brought back to the facility and reconditioned to the high standards of the company.

A product that is refurbished or reconditioned is labeled as such because it could not otherwise be sold.  The product is not new and can’t be sold as such due to the restraints that are put on selling products as new.  Buying a product that is reconditioned can have a variety of different meanings from being a product that has been returned, has cosmetic damages, reworked or fixed entirely.  Units that are used as displays cannot be turned around and sold as new.  The fact that products can come from a number of different sources is often what worries consumers that are considering buying refurbished.

A good rule of thumb is to look into the company you are purchasing from and the companies return policy.  As long as you are making a purchase from a reputable company that is able to stand behind their products with a fair return process then by all means buy refurbished over new and save money in your budget to spend elsewhere.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

Benefits of Refurbished Equipment and Components

There is an entire industry built around refurbished and reconditioned manufacturing equipment and parts.  This industry is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons.  In this installment we will look into why the refurbished part industry is preferred to OEM parts.

The most notable difference between new and refurbished components is the cost.  There is no denying that OEM parts are significantly more expensive than their identical refurbished counterpart.  It will always save your company money to purchase a refurbished component over an original.  The amount you save will depend on a number of things one being the electrical component company that you make purchases from.  At a minimum expect to pay at least twenty percent less but expect the savings to be upwards of forty percent over OEM parts.

Another reason that people choose refurbished over new is that it often allows them to buy a higher quality component or piece of equipment then they could afford if they needed to buy it new.  Consider the last time you looked at cars.  Twelve thousand dollars buys an economy car brand new while that same twelve thousand dollars buys a used luxury coupe.  You can get a higher end part or piece of equipment for the same price as a lower quality new product.

When purchasing refurbished components you are more likely than not to find what you need even after your equipment is considered obsolete.  This is incredibly important in the manufacturing sector.  When you buy refurbished you are hedging against obsolescence.  When looking at refurbished equipment you can upgrade more frequently because of the lower expense which allows you to stay up to date on advancements in technology without breaking the bank.

Software licensing is another area where savings and upgrades are maximized.  For instance, you may be currently using a server that is running older version software.  Upgrading the software can cost upwards of three hundred dollars which is often the cost of a refurbished server with the newer operating system installed.  Not only do you get an upgrade in software but an all around upgrade in equipment.

Some industries require that equipment thorough maintains the same specifications and remains compatible to the systems used throughout.    If one of the devices fails or a new employee is hired it may be near impossible to find equipment that meets with the standards already in place.  Buying from a supplier of refurbished equipment allows you to find exact matches most of the time and will probably be less expensive then the purchase of the original equipment.

For more information or to find a company that specializes in refurbished equipment, parts and electrical components look online today.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

Debunking Myths Surrounding The Refurbished Electrical Component Industry

There are several myths that surround the refurbished electrical component industry. Opinions differ on when to use them and how to ensure they are consistent and dependable.  In truth refurbished electrical components are as safe and reliable as original electrical manufactured parts.  Some within the industry even believe that refurbished parts may be of higher quality than their OEM counterparts due to the intense testing and rigorous tests they must go through before they can be sold.

Most sellers of refurbished electrical parts follow a detailed plan when preparing them.  It begins with the component being thoroughly taken apart, cleaned and inspected.  After this process is complete each part is painted with paint chosen based on its durability.  The process is complete when the part is assembled and thoroughly tested.

Manufacturer’s purchase and use reconditioned electrical products for a variety of reasons.  In order for manufacturer’s to purchase reconditioned products they must trust in the products ability to perform when necessary.  As do OEM parts, refurbished parts help to keep the number of unintentional outages while working to keep workers productive and safe.  The one main difference is the difference in cost between the two.  Whenever older, worn components are being replaced the equipment will be more dependable and consistent.

There is a myth in that there is a risk involved in trying to save a few bucks with refurbished parts. Although many times the old adage that there is no reward without risk is not true when it comes to purchasing and using refurbished electrical components.  More often than not high quality refurbished electrical parts will outlast their OEM counterparts at a fraction of the expense.

It is important to purchase refurbished parts for a company with a substantial reputation within the industry.  A proven track record of providing quality new and refurbished components is a must.  Not all company’s and suppliers are the same.    Choose a company that involved in several different variations of the electrical component industry including asset recovery, equipment and product reconditioning as well new part sales.

In order to be certain the company you are buying from is offering you what you need be sure to ask about their refurbishing policy.  Only components that are quality refurbished components that have been cleaned, analyzed, reassembled, tested and passed rigorous inspections should be available for sale.  Pricing varies between companies that offer refurbished components for sale.  Some companies will even loan you a replacement part while they get to work refurbishing yours. This allows your company to keep production running without a hiccup while refurbishing your part.  It’s a win-win for both parties.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.

Important Industrial Equipment Maintenance

In order to keep your business running smoothly it is important to keep industrial equipment well maintained.  In many industrial settings equipment maintenance is an afterthought instead of forethought.  Preventative maintenance in the workplace saves a company more than it costs in the long run.  Spending just a small amount of time to create a reasonable maintenance schedule for large scaled equipment and components can save a company a lot of time and money in the long run.

Prevention verse Rectification

There is little to do other than to repair a piece of equipment once is stops working correctly.  It doesn’t matter if a professional has to be called in or if someone within the company can make the repair it has to be done and the time the equipment is down is costing the company money in both lost production and employee productivity.  Corrective maintenance may get the equipment up and running eventually but at the cost of missed revenue.

Whereas scheduled preventative and regular maintenance can help to prevent against the devastation down equipment can have on a company.  When a maintenance schedule is stuck with catastrophic problems can be caught and corrected before they begin thus helping to stay ahead of issues before they become devastating.

Regular machine maintenance allows machine operators to spot potential problems with equipment before it results in a break down or worse, an injury.  Technicians running large scaled equipment should be trained to spot issues before they shut down machinery.  If this can be achieved companies can save on lost revenues, expedited repair costs, losses in production, employee safety and more.

Maintaining industrial equipment saves money.  Companies that use refurbished components in the maintenance of their machinery save even more.  Make sure to keep a detailed record on repairs to machines.  Analysis should be done regularly on this information as it can offer a lot of insight into a proper maintenance schedule.  If companies see that the same part always needs to be replaced on equipment after certain periods of time then they can adjust the maintenance schedule to correct the issue before it occurs.

Maintenance extends the life span of most everything in life including electrical components that run your business.  Think about it in another way.  If this was your car and you never took it in for oil and filter changes it probably won’t last for as long as if you had done the proper maintenance.   Car manufacturers have guidelines in place regarding the maintenance on your vehicle based on years of analyzed data and records from other vehicle owners.  This process allows updates to be made to the maintenance schedule as time goes on.  For instance, an oil change used to be recommended every three thousand miles but now based on new technology and data analysis oil changes on certain makes and models of cars has been expanded up to six thousand miles.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.


Properly Maintaining Industrial Electrical Components

In order to keep industrial machinery and equipment in good running order it is important that it is properly maintained and cared for.  When large manufacturing equipment is improperly cared for it not only runs inefficiently but also decreases the safety and reliability of the machine. If a breakdown in machinery occurs it is not only time consuming to correct it is also extremely costly.  Below we will look into how to maintain large industrial equipment to ensure it is kept running efficiently.

Keep On Top Of Operator Training

Equipment in industrial manufacturing settings often has more than a single operator.  With this in mind it is crucial that the equipment is correctly operated and therefore each individual using it is trained accordingly.

When machinery is first purchased and brought into a manufacturing setting it should be thoroughly inspected.  Training should take place not only when new equipment is purchased but should be ongoing in nature.  If the number of operators working on the machine regularly turns over it is easy for important steps in the training process to be overlooked.  To avoid skills from becoming outdated and poor overall operations training on large equipment should be ongoing.

Keep On Top Of Lubricants

Machines with many different moving parts need to remain well lubricated.  Scheduled lubrication helps to extend the lifetime of equipment and the moving electrical components within.  Lubrication is important. Be sure that the correct lubrication for the machine is used.  Special oil needs to be used on each specific machine.  Check the requirements set forth by the manufacturer.  Look for signs of excess oil or grease build up on pistons, check for leaks around the seal.  Analyze the oil.  If containments are found it could indicate components are wearing and breaking down.

Check For Wear

Machinery with moving parts is bound to breakdown.  Carefully check for excess wear.  Look for gears and belts that are out of alignment from machine vibrations.  With extended use, friction, poor lubrication and worn parts comes higher than normal machine temperatures shorting the life span of the machine.  If you become of an unusual amount of wear or a pattern in wear occurring it may be time to look into issue deeper.  It is important that any wear and tear on the moving components within the machine is taken care of immediately.

Keep The Environment and Machinery Clean

A clean environment promotes equipment cleanliness which has a large impact overall on equipment longevity.  As part of equipment maintenance schedules be sure to include thorough cleaning to the work environment and machines.  Fewer contaminations in the space mean less likelihood for them to cause issues with machinery.

A routine maintenance schedule, performed on a regular schedule will increase the longevity of equipment, cut costs as well as increasing productivity & safety.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.