Many would assume, in the world of used medical equipment, that the meaning of the terms used, refurbished or remanufactured are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. As customers look to reduce acquisition costs, the value of used equipment and vendors that can provide it become more prevalent. While this is an excellent choice both from a price standpoint and an environmental one, like most things in life, caveat emptor (buyer beware). Used/refurbished equipment could have only minimal or no real aftermarket conditioning. Unlike used/refurbished equipment, true remanufactured equipment goes through a multi-step process to ensure performance, reliability, durability and aesthetics. This translates into cost savings for the end user.
You should look for vendors that do true remanufacturing like Medical Equipment Source. While you will find some vendors that can provide a good price point, there are few that provide the true value of remanufactured. Be cognizant that some vendors make their profit through service contracts instead of the remanufacturing process. In some cases, this produces a conflict of interest. Others simply flip used equipment, not adding any value to the customer other than a low price. Look for vendors who provide sales support before and after the sale. They should have extensive product knowledge and a deep understanding of the laboratory. We feel that true remanufactured equipment is good for business, good for healthcare and great for the environment. Our next article will delve deeper into why remanufactured is green.
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