As an engine supplier for marine and industrial use, we have a responsibility to do our best to reduce the environmental impact of our products. Volvo Penta uses Volvo’s remanufacturing factory in Flen, Sweden. The factory makes use of old, worn-out and broken engines, remanufacturing them into high-quality power systems. This is done without compromising on functionality or performance. A remanufactured engine is a long-term solution beneficial for both your business and the environment.
The factory in Flen remanufactures old and broken engines
Environmental care in all operations is an integral part of Volvo Penta’s commitment to our customers, end users and the community. We perform several actions in order to comply with that commitment. One of them is to remanufacture old, broken and worn-out engines and components, turning them into well-functioning high qualitative units that perform in the exact same way as if they were new. The remanufacturing process is carried out in multiple factories around the world, where one of the biggest factories is located in Flen, Sweden. The Flen factory is one out of two factories worldwide that are called “centre of excellence”. That means the Flen factory provides the other Volvo factories with all necessary technical documentation and guidelines, giving them the prerequisites to conduct the remanufacturing process in a correct and efficient way.
The remanufacturing process focuses on quality, function and safety
To secure a constant inflow of engines to remanufacture, the remanufacturing process is based on a deposit system. When Volvo Penta sells a remanufactured engine, the old engine that is being replaced is sent back to the remanufacturing factory. This enables a circulation of engines and components, ensuring that the remanufacturing process can go on. The remanufacturing process consists of many various steps, where the first step is to identify the exact engine type.
The engine is disassembled to the smallest detail, so the operators can control and clean all the components. Each part is meticulously examined, carefully measured and documented. Those components that are not meant to be reused, such as plastic parts and packings are recycled and replaced with new parts. Some components need processing before they can be reused and some only need cleaning. The next step, after the quality of the components has been assured, is to assemble the components into a new engine. The assembling process is very similar to that of a newly produced engine. After assembling, the engine goes through the final tests, assuring the engine lives up to all requirements. The final step is to paint the engine before it is packed and shipped to the customer.
The difference between a repaired engine and a remanufactured engine
One might think that a remanufactured engine and a repaired engine are the same thing. In fact, there is a substantial difference. When repairing an engine, only the components that are broken are fixed or replaced. In theory, this could mean that the day after the repair is done, another spare part could break, requiring a second repair. However, when remanufacturing an engine, the whole engine is disassembled to guarantee a control of all the components. Regardless of which one that is actually broken. The remanufacturing process ensures that the engine performs with the same high quality. It also ensures that the engine fulfills the same emission legislations as a new engine. Basically, a repair is a short-term solution, while a remanufacturing is more long-term. In addition, a remanufactured engine comes with a two-year warranty, just like any other original part.
A remanufacturing process not only for Volvo Penta but for all Volvo brands
For professional users of industrial and marine power equipment, uptime is highly valued. When repairing an engine, or ordering a new one, it could take weeks before the engine is ready and the production is up and running again. To prevent that problem, the remanufacturing factory in Flen stocks its products. The goal is to not keep you waiting more than a couple of days before receiving your newly remanufactured engine. The fast delivery time brings a large flexibility and high uptime for you and your businesses.
Another advantage with the remanufacturing factory in Flen is that the factory is not exclusive to Volvo Penta engines. Actually, it serves the whole Volvo group. This means that the Volvo Penta engines can benefit from and take advantage of the production development of all Volvo brands.
Reuse and recycle for a more sustainable and responsible future
One of Volvo Penta’s main objectives is to be a part of, and work for, a more sustainable and responsible future. The production of new raw material for engine manufacturing has a large impact on the environment. Therefore, the remanufacturing factory’s goal is to reuse 80% of all the engines’ raw material. We also take care of the material that can’t be reused. The non-functioning components that can’t be fixed return to our foundry to become new, well-functioning components. All the leftover material goes to recycling.
Minimise downtime with an environmental mindset
The factory’s objective is to minimise downtime by providing high-quality, cost-effective, newly remanufactured engines within a few days. This is a service that leads to high accessibility and a low cost of ownership. It also leads to a sense of security for our customers. The need for remanufactured engines has been with us for a long time. It has been building up even more the last years, together with higher requirements from our customers and end-users. For Volvo Penta, the customers’ needs always come first. By offering the possibility to purchase remanufactured engines, we focus on what is best for the engines and our customers’ businesses. If we can do that, and at the same time look after our environment, that is a win-win for everyone!
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