PEARL Members, RIC Work to Improve Remanufactured Products Image

by Derek Guest

Source: PEARL News

Cost savings. Uptime. Safety. Sustainability. PEARL has been educating the public about the benefits of reconditioned and remanufactured products for nearly two decades. Currently, two PEARL members are also members of the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC). Somewhat different than PEARL's focus, which is promoting electrical products, RIC is a cross-industry strategic alliance of companies created to educate the world about the benefits of remanufactured products.

PEARL Director and President of ROMAC Inc. (Commerce, CA) David Rosenfield and Bill Schofield, PEARL Past-President, and President of Circuit Breaker Sales Co., Inc. (Gainesville, TX), sit on RIC's board of directors. Schofield currently serves as Treasurer. Both are impressed with how much progress RIC has made in a short period of time defining remanufacturing and bringing the benefits to high-level government officials around the world.

Rosenfield, Schofield, and PEARL all were early supporters of remanufacturing. In 2000, Rosenfield spoke at a conference for the Remanufacturing Industries Council International (RICI), shortly before it became The Remanufacturing Institute. The RIC was formed in 2011 and was restructured in January 2013 when Dr. Derek Guest came on board as Executive Director.

Rosenfield notes the large and powerful organizations that belong to the RIC. In addition to ROMAC, PEARL, and Circuit Breaker Sales, they include Caterpillar, Inc.; Cummins, Inc.; CNH Reman; Davies Office, Inc.; Detroit Diesel Reman; FTI Consulting;GE Healthcare; Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology; John Deere Reman; Nextant Aerospace; SRC Holdings Corp.; TurboSupply, Inc.; and WABCO Reman Solutions.

"By pooling our resources with theirs, we can influence legislation and help people understand that remanufactured and quality can go together," Rosenfield says. "Today, it's common to buy an older model or even new model car alternator from the auto parts store that's been remanufactured. One day, it'll be the same for all products, including consumer, industrial, and commercial electrical equipment."

So far, PEARL members on the RIC board have worked hard to make sure that the developing definition for remanufacturing continues to include the type of work conducted by PEARL members on electrical equipment — no small challenge when the other players are billion-dollar companies focused on shaping the definition to their own markets. This will set the stage for developing an American National Standard for the remanufacturing process, which will help build the understanding and credibility of the entire remanufacturing industry.

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