Refurbished transformers and other electrical equipment offer benefits far beyond a lower initial acquisition cost. They also offer increased availability and flexibility, as well as being more reliable and serviceable than their new counterparts.
Refurbished transformers also have obvious sustainability benefits, reducing waste and minimizing resource usage.
Lower Cost for an As-New Product
A refurbished transformer can offer a 30-70% initial cost savings over new equipment. When it comes from a leading supplier of refurbished transformers, it will be in like-new condition, with all worn parts and oil replaced. It may also be backed by a more extensive warranty than a comparable new unit. Emerald Transformer’s refurbished units, for example, include an industry-leading three-year warranty period that outpaces most OEM coverage.
Reduced Ongoing Cost and Ancillary Expenses
In addition to a lower initial acquisition cost, using a like-new refurbished transformer instead of a new model can reduce the need for new poles, cement pads, or vaults at the time of installation, as new equipment is larger and heavier than ever before.
Unlike new transformers, which can take 3-6 months to fabricate and deliver, a wide variety of refurbished transformers are readily available in common voltages. This availability allows you to get a replacement transformer up and running faster, with minimum downtime. Refurbished transformers can also be customized quickly for specific applications.
Increased Operational Flexibility
The wider availability of refurbished transformers can also lessen the need to keep spare transformers on hand. This simplifies Transformer Asset Management (TAM) and reduces the amount of capital tied up in replacement inventory.
Deploying a refurbished transformer is an excellent way to minimize waste and reuse valuable resources. Refurbishing a transformer is more efficient than recycling its component materials and also reduces the demand for energy and materials needed to manufacture new transformers from scratch.
To see how you can purchase refurbished transformers and initiate your cost savings, contact one of our experts today by calling 800.908.8800.
Did you know according to the National Safety Council, strains and sprains are among the nation’s leading causes of worker’s compensation claims?
Strains and sprains can occur anywhere, any time:
- On the job
- In your home
- During sports activities
- Other recreational activities
What is a strain?
Strains are stretched ligaments and tendons. A strain usually occurs whenever a muscle is stretched beyond its limit.
What is a sprain?
Sprains occur when a muscle is stretched too much, and ligaments pull, sometimes tear.
Causes of strain and sprain:
- Awkward postures
- Excessive force
- Static posture
- Poorly designed tools
- Extreme temperature
- Poor work organization
- Factors that contribute to strains and sprains:
- Lifting objects that are too heavy
- Not lifting correctly or safely
- Overreaching or overextending a part of the body when picking up objects
- Not using a proper stool or ladder when lifting from above
- Slipping on wet floors, overextending muscles attempting to avoid falling
Prevention for strains and sprains:
- Fit the job to the worker, not the worker to the job
- Have a firm grip
- Have a proper footing
- Work close to your body
- Keep a straight back
- Lift with the legs
- Pivot, don’t twist
- Don’t overreach
- When lifting, ensure you are squared up to the load so when you lift there will be no twisting or turning of the body.
- When lifting from ground level, bend the knees, keeping the back straight, use your legs to lift, and keep the load close to your body.
- When lifting from waist level, keep your back straight, use your torso and arm muscles to lift, keeping the load close to your body.
- Never attempt to lift from your shoulder level or above.
- Avoid lifting anything that is too heavy for one person to lift alone. Utilize mechanical equipment such as a fork lift, overhead hoist/crane, pallet jack or the like.
Benefits Across the Transformer Lifecycle
Transformer refurbishment and recycling don’t deliver benefits only at the beginning or end of a transformer’s life. In fact, they yield value throughout the entire transformer lifecycle, including for years after it has been removed from service.
- Reduce costs, shorten acquisition time, and improve sustainability metrics with refurbished
- Increase uptime with the high reliability and low failure rate of a refurbished transformer.
- Simplify transformer asset management (TAM) with better availability of spare transformers.
- Lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) and extend transformer life with warranty-provided
- Know that used oil and other contaminants are being handled properly.
- Obtain the best price for your retired electrical equipment.
- Ensure the safety of your personnel and property with a highly qualified removal crew.
- Protect against future liability with proper equipment disposal, thorough record-keeping, and
Benefits of FR3 Oil vs Mineral Oil
Low Cost With High Return
When was the last time you assessed your current transformer oil’s status? Did you know that compared to mineral oil, FR3 oil will help protect your transformer’s insulating paper up to 8 times longer than mineral oil at the same operating temperature?
Your transformer operates at high temperatures – so this capability when utilizing FR3 oil will enable you to see up to a 20% increased loadability.
When using FR3 oil, a natural ester derived from renewal vegetable oils, you are providing:
- Improved Fire Safety: FR3 Oil is 2 times greater than the flash and fire point of mineral oil
- Transformer Life and Loadibility: FR3 oil helps to draw out retained moisture and absorb water driven off by aging paper.
- Environmental Benefits: FR3 Oil reduces its carbon footprint up by producing 56 times less carbon emissions than mineral oil.
The environmental benefits that you gain with utilizing FR3 oil are far greater to mineral oil and unsurpassed by any other dielectric coolant on the market.
It is a new year – your transformers deserve an upgrade! Help improve your transformer’s reliability and performance by upgrading from mineral oil to FR3 oil – the cost is low but the value is high. Click here to learn more about Emerald Transformer’s oil services.
If you are ready to begin utilizing FR3 oil – call one of our Emerald Transformer industry experts today at 800.908.8800.
BEGIN 2019 WITH THE RIGHT PARTNER FOR YOUR TRANSFORMER NEEDS
Emerald Transformer is the premier national single-source solution for oil-filled electrical equipment with services including repair, re-manufacturing, field technical services, recycling and disposal. In addition, we provide oil processing, laboratory services and parts distribution.
It is the start of a new year, hello 2019! Around this time of year, companies are finalizing their annual budgets to see how they can implement cost saving initiatives and remove unnecessary headaches that were experienced in the previous year. It is important to choose the right partner when dealing with oil-filled electrical equipment and like services. All provider companies are not created equal, and a qualified partner can offer compelling advantages for your bottom line, the environment, and even the future of your organization.
When you begin to assess your current provider, you can use some of the below tips to ensure your current provider is meeting your company’s expectations.
- FINANCIAL BENEFITS
Ensure your qualified provider gives you the option to purchasing refurbished or remanufactured transformers and equipment. This is a smart choice, offering an economical and waste-minimizing alternative to new equipment.
The same capabilities that allow a vendor to maximize the value of a retired transformer also give them the power to put more of the materials to productive use, reducing waste and demand for resources.
- PEACE OF MIND
Working with an established, well-resourced partner helps assure that all your company’s projects are handled properly and gives you confidence in the reliability of long-term record-keeping.
Trusting your company’s projects to a full-service organization gives you one-call convenience where you can be assured you will receive one on one customer support through every step of your project’s life cycle.
TOP 2019 PROVIDER – EMERALD TRANSFORMER
Why choose Emerald Transformer? Here are some of our key advantages:
- TOP PRODUCT AND SERVICE QUALITY
Since the 1970s, we have been committed to delivering the industry’s highest quality repair services and refurbished equipment. Emerald Transformer’s technical expertise and commitment to continuous improvement have resulted in one of the industry’s lowest failure rates, according to our customers. The rigorous repair process performed on Emerald’s products includes new oil, the replacement of worn or broken parts, and comprehensive QA/QC testing before it leaves our facility. All Emerald equipment is backed by a three-year warranty that rivals most original manufacturers’ warranty periods.
- FOCUS ON SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Our safety and environmental policy is centered on being a responsible corporate citizen by protecting the environment, our customers, our employees, and business partners. We are committed to complying with the best safety and environmental practices, including meeting or exceeding applicable requirements and striving for continual improvement in related corporate management systems. Emerald Transformer manages our processes, materials, and personnel to create healthy and safe work conditions and reduce the risks associated with our work. Additionally, our environmental objective is to ensure a limited footprint, eliminating long-term liability and being a sustainable partner to our customers.
- NATIONWIDE NETWORK
With eight full-service facilities across the country, Emerald Transformer has the footprint to serve our customers across all product lines. Through our nationwide transportation network and highly mobile teams of on-site repair and decommissioning professionals, we provide comprehensive services to investor-owned utilities, cooperatives, commercial and industrial sites, and municipalities across the country. We deliver single-source convenience and accountability and put state-of-the-art transformer services within easy reach of every electric utility provider and industrial customer, regardless of size or geography.
- VERTICAL INTEGRATION
Along with convenience and efficiency, our vertically integrated approach delivers the piece-of-mind and security that comes from working with a single provider. For equipment that is not a candidate for refurbishment, we provide comprehensive decommissioning and disposal services with a particular emphasis on safely detecting, analyzing, handling and disposing of PCBs. Expertise in every phase of the transformer life cycle contributes to our cradle-to-grave promise.