According to research firm Frost & Sullivan, the estimated size of the North American market for used test and measurement equipment was $ 446.4 million in 2004 and is estimated to grow to $ 654.5 million in 2011. Over more than For 50 years, companies and governments have purchased used tests and measurement instruments to realize a number of benefits, including the need to:
– reduce equipment acquisition costs,
– replace discontinued test instruments,
– avoid long lead times for new products, and
– meet legacy standards and specifications.
Although there are many considerations when buying used test and measurement instruments, the quality of the instrument and the reliability of the supplier should be at the top of the list. Used test equipment vendors use a number of words to represent the equipment they sell, including “reconditioned”, “remarked”, “reconditioned”, “rebuilt” and, obviously, “used.” These marketing adjectives generally involve various quality processes and buyers of used test equipment should run their due diligence before purchasing.
“Used” or “sold” equipment often describes products sold on an “as is” assumption. You can buy used equipment from an end-user organization or auction company that sells surplus assets. Products sold as “used” should be priced on the lower end of the market spectrum and it is not uncommon for quality problems to arise with “used” equipment. The instruments are likely untested and have an uncertain track record. It is only wise to buy “used” equipment if you have the in-house calibration and repair facilities / experience and can purchase the item at a cost low enough that the additional repair and calibration expense remains positive and economical. Get out.
“Refurbished and Refurbished” are similar and are the most common presentation of used equipment from equipment dealers. Refurbished equipment is fully tested and calibrated to NIST standards to ensure it meets the original manufacturer’s specifications. Reconditioned equipment must come with all standard accessories and operating manuals. Defective internal components will have been replaced or repaired and the product will have been cosmetically cared for, including painting and replacement of faceplates, buttons, and knobs. Refurbished equipment is typically sold with a 30- to 90-day parts / labor warranty and is priced at the medium to high market level.
Finally, some vendors advertised “rebuilt” test kits. Many instrument options can be installed in the field and can be made to order according to customer requirements. Some products can even be converted from one generation or version to the next by adding multiple components. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying rebuilt equipment, and in fact, if you can’t find the exact configuration of the product you are purchasing, you should ask qualified vendors about adding those options. As with used and reconditioned equipment, always be careful when choosing a supplier. Make sure the supplier is qualified or uses a qualified electronics lab to repair, calibrate and rebuild the products you are looking for.
Buying used, reconditioned, or rebuilt electronic test equipment is a great way for organizations to save 30-70% on their asset acquisition costs. The warranties and warranties from used test equipment providers are formidable. On select product groups, OEMs offer extended warranties in association with the vendors who sell those products.
Be careful and exercise due diligence with your suppliers. It is more effective to first identify a qualified supplier of used equipment and begin a relationship with the supplier, rather than searching for each instrument you need individually. If your qualified supplier does not have what you are looking for in inventory, they will likely be able to locate it within 24 hours. By first identifying and working with a select few vendors, you will ensure consistent quality and affordable prices with every used test equipment purchase.