How Reconditioned Or Rewound Transformers Are A Good Solution For Industrials | Part 1

July 24, 2014

Reconditioned or rewound transformers are an excellent replacement solution for any facility in the manufacturing or electrical distribution industry. One of the benefits of investing in a reconditioned or rewound transformer is the speed of replacement. Shortening the time it takes between the event-such as a lightning strike, internal fault or catastrophic failure-and the time that the replacement transformer is back in service is enormously valuable to owners.

When replacing a piece of equipment, speed is always a central concern. No matter how large or small your facility or what industry you serve, those who need power to maintain normal business operation desire minimum downtime when it comes to getting the lights back on. It doesn’t matter if it’s a large industrial plant or utility company, a coal mine or a refinery, everyone needs power, and when it goes out, it needs to come back on quickly.

Unfortunately, time is never on your side. For example, it can take 16-18 weeks when you order a new 2500 kva substation direct from the manufacturer. This delay between transformer failure and replacement can be costly-and it’s where reconditioned or rewound transformers are most valuable.

Solomon Corporation can have a reconditioned replacement transformer ready for immediate shipping in some cases and typically in as little as 2 to 4 weeks. A rewound unit will take around 6 to 16. In either case, you’ll have to deal with far fewer weeks without a reliable (and cost-effective) power source and less money lost.

Having to wait 4 to 5 months for a custom-built replacement for a failed transformer can be devastating to any business and their customers. Many will ask why it takes so long to receive a replacement transformer. The answer is simple: manufactures rarely keep transformers in stock, and even if they did, the likelihood that a “stock transformer” would fit the required size and specifications would be extremely low. In the manufacturing and electrical distribution industry, everything is typically built to order. If the failed transformer is sitting between primary and secondary switch gear, it can be difficult to slot one in between the existing two. Therefore, if there’s an immediate need for a specific type of replacement transformer, many often turn to Solomon Corporation. We can provide a quick turnaround solution from rebuilt, rewound transformers that are a nearly-perfect match for most needs.

Another barrier to replacing a failed transformer with a new model direct from the manufacturer is cost. Although it’s expensive to pull a failed transformer out and move it, the expense grows exponentially when a company is faced with ordering a replacement transformer built from scratch. Compounding the problem is the fact that some of the new federal DOE efficiency standards don’t allow for transformers to meet dimensional requirements. At that point, the replacement options are few and a reconditioned or rewound transformer is the best choice.

A reconditioned or rebuilt transformer from Solomon Corporation is a viable replacement for a failed unit. On top of that, Solomon Corporation can provide rebuilt, rewound transformers with a warranty that typically exceeds a new manufacturer’s warranty.