There is no time to waste when your hydraulic equipment fails. You have to get it working as soon as possible. There are always three options when it comes to hydraulic equipment – repair, replace or rebuild. How do you know which one to choose?

All three options can be good, but more and more companies are opting to rebuild hydraulic equipment rather than purchasing new components or repairing the existing components. What is a rebuild, and when should you choose that option over repairing or replacing a component? It’s important to make an informed decision the next time you face a hydraulic equipment failure, so let’s look at the options.

Equipment Repair vs. A Full Rebuild

Definitions of a rebuild can vary based on the shop you visit, but typically a rebuild is a piece of equipment that has been used previously and completely reconditioned for further use. Our expert rebuilders at Yarbrough Industries can not only restore a piece of equipment to OEM specifications, they can often exceed the quality of a brand-new machine.

A proper hydraulic equipment rebuild means that it is completely disassembled and every piece is inspected individually. The parts are evaluated for wear, damage, and effect on the overall life of the component. Replacement and reconditioning of parts are performed as needed, the component is reassembled, and then it undergoes a thorough quality and performance testing.

A repair is a process focusing on fixing the individual parts involved in the failure, rather than the overall equipment.

There is also some confusion about the similarity to purchasing used hydraulic equipment. However, used equipment has not generally been refurbished or reconditioned and as an older piece of equipment, maybe closer to a failure.

Pricing Your Choice:

Rebuilds are increasing in popularity every year because they tend to cost less over time.

A rebuild typically costs about half of the price of a new piece of equipment, and this includes components like hydraulic motors and pumps.

While repairs may initially be cheaper, it’s only a matter of time before the equipment fails and repairs are once again needed.

In the long run, rebuilds usually end up being cheaper than repairs and are certainly less expensive than purchasing new replacement parts.

Consider Your Lead Time

Choosing to rebuild hydraulic equipment over purchasing new equipment is often the decision when time is of the essence. A certified rebuild usually involves a much shorter lead time, typically because there is significant time that is spent waiting for replacement parts to possibly be manufactured and then delivered. The longer the wait for replacement parts, the longer machines are down, which creates production cost issues and downtime for employees.

When these issues are factored in, rebuilds often become the most economical option. A rebuilt component, such as a cylinder or motor, can be refurbished immediately, minimizing the downtime of the equipment and staff involved.

Let The Experts Make The Decision Easy

At Yarbrough Industries, we can help you, whether it’s a replacement, repair or rebuild. We are committed to providing your equipment the quality and lifespan you need at a price that you can afford. We evaluate and work quickly so that your company is back in business in no time. We also offer rebuild and repair services for cylinders, pumps, gears, motors, valves and other hydraulic components. We work on motor brands including Eaton, Char-Lynn and numerous others.

Here at Yarbrough, our skilled technicians can troubleshoot, rebuild, repair, install, and maintain your equipment on a preventative maintenance schedule.

We offer mobile services, and our trucks are loaded with the parts and tools needed to keep your equipment running at peak performance. Give us a call today! 

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There are many choices when you are looking for a metal fabricator that has the capabilities and services you need for your next project. But how do you determine which one will be the best fit for you? What is important to look for? What sets one company apart from the rest?

These are the characteristics that will help you distinguish between a competent fabricator and an exceptional metal fabrication partner.

1. Experience Matters

A company with years of experience under their belts will have the knowledge to help you make strategic decisions regarding product design and fabrication needs. When you partner with an experienced company, you will be backed by the knowledge and expertise of people who can make the best recommendations while keeping them realistic. They can guide you in everything from structural aesthetics to functionality.

2. Invested In Your Success

When choosing a partner for your metal fabrication needs, you should look for someone who is personally invested in your success, beginning to end.  When you have a partner who has watched your product evolve and helped refine your designs, they will be far more invested in creating an effective product. Effectual product design begins with an expert partner who can guide you through the entire product development cycle.

3. Innovation Is Imperative

The way a company approaches a new project can set them apart when you are looking for the right fit. A company with an innovative approach to projects will stand out from the commoditized competition by differentiating itself through value-driven fabrication. No matter if you are looking for a simple consultation on product development or needing full metal fabrication project management, the partner you choose should constantly evaluate the product’s functionality, cost-effectiveness and structural integrity. 

4. Cost-Consciousness

The company you choose to partner with should have a proactive cost avoidance approach. Avoiding unseen costs due to scope creep is important as you work through your project. It is a common occurrence for metal fabrication products, so identifying a fabrication partner that will help you reduce material, assembly and shipping costs, as well as holding and handling costs, a ballooning scope—and bill—can be avoided. To be successful, it is critical that your fabrication partner commits to understanding all aspects of your supply chain operations.

5. Multiple Material Suppliers

When a metal fabricator buys from multiple suppliers, they are able to negotiate for material prices and products on your behalf and to your benefit. Having multiple suppliers also means they can buy, ship, store and process the steel in-house, which helps considerably when you need high-volume projects and achieving economies of scale. multiple suppliers, they are able to source materials that best suit your application. The flexibility to purchase large quantities at reduced prices OR specialty material for your non-typical project means you will get exactly what you need at the best possible rate.  

Choosing the best metal fabrication partner is critical to the overall strength of your business. By taking the time to identify and partner with a strategic, useful, all-in-one metal fabricator, you’ll notice a difference in production cost, effectiveness and efficiency. Don’t settle for anything short of first-class service and reliability.

Yarbrough Industries is here to provide the experience and service you need to ensure your project’s success. 

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What Are Mobile Services?

Mobile Services are available to offer our customers various on-the-spot services and ensure we meet their unique needs. Yarbrough Industries’ trucks are fully equipped, and we ensure that we know the full scope of the project before coming to you. Some of the services we provide include welding, cutting metal, line boring, fittings and hoses, small crane work, routine hydraulic maintenance and major hydraulic projects.  

Why Would I Need Mobile Services? 

Sometimes it’s a hassle taking your projects to a shop and then wait in line with other clients. Sometimes, a project can’t be moved due to logistics. Whether it’s not convenient or too difficult, bringing a project to our shop can waste valuable time & potentially cost you money. 

With mobile services, you no longer need to go to the shop; our fully trained technician comes to you. Our mobile service units can carry out different projects effectively and efficiently to ensure you are back up and running in no time. We do routine maintenance on your plant’s hydraulic systems, but we can also do major hydraulic projects at your location if needed. Our trucks can Weld & Cut Metal at your location. Yarbrough’s also does Line Boring at your location.

How Does a Mobile Service Call Work?

We have invested in state-of-the-art tools and equipment as well as employing qualified and experienced technicians. Depending on the particular service you request, our technicians will respond quickly and deliver superior quality. Our trucks are loaded with generator/welders, air compressors, hose crimp machines, fittings, hoses, adapters, cutting torches and small cranes and numerous tools, as well as some of the most common repair parts. When you call, we take the time to determine what will be needed for your project ahead of time to ensure we can be as efficient and effective as possible while we are there.

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What is a Pal-o-Matic Pallet Dispenser?

Pallet dispensers replace manual handling of pallets to streamline automated and manual material handling systems.  A pallet dispenser holds a number of pallets, often up to 45, and provides pallets one by one for easy retrieval at floor level by an electric pallet jack, manual pallet jack, or forklift.

Having a good pallet dispenser is an integral part of an efficient manual or semi-automatic palletizing system ensuring a pallet is always ready for your team to place products.

Yarbrough’s Pal-O-Matic pallet dispensers reduce labor and improve productivity for your company.  Our pallet dispensers can be used alongside semi-automated palletizing, order pick systems, and low cycle store/dispense processes.  The Pal-O-Matic can be configured to integrate with existing equipment. 

Once you have invested in a Yarbrough’s Pal-O-Matic pallet dispenser you can expect it to last many years and be very reliable while requiring minimal maintenance.

Who Needs a Pallet Dispenser?

Industries such as medical supply, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food processing, grocery warehouse, chemical processing, auto parts distribution, material handling, paper and consumer products distribution can all benefit from an automated pallet handling system.

The Pal-O-Matic dispensers will work with most types of pallets, including stringer style, white wood, block style, slave boards, plastic, metal, as well as custom shipping skids.

How Does a Pallet Dispenser Work?

Pallet dispensers are loaded with a forklift. A pallet jack, hand truck or forklift can then access the front of the dispenser and retrieve one or two pallets at floor level. The machine then quickly places another pallet on the floor.

What are the Benefits of a Pal-O-Matic Pallet Dispenser?

There are numerous ways a Pal-O-Matic Pallet Dispenser can benefit your company.

  1.  Effective Use of Time: Your order pickers will spend less time retrieving
    pallets, up to 4.7 hours saved for every 1000 pallets*.
  2. Using Space Efficiently: Our Model 4500 will hold 45 pallets and occupies only 40 sq ft of valuable floor space. The same number of pallets in 4 ft tall stacks
    scattered around your warehouse takes more than twice that area.
  3. Reduce Pallet Damage: During the typical manual retrieval, pallets are thrown and stacks are toppled. Pal-O-Matic ensures that no longer happens, saving time and money for your company. Also, the pallets
    are contained so the jack can enter without the pallets pushing away. This
    eliminates damage to building columns and rack legs.
  4. Improves Safety for Employees: An “overexertion” injury, typical from lifting a heavy or
    bulky object, can easily cost $50,000 in medical expenses and lost time. If
    manual lifting of pallets is eliminated from your employees’ duties, you make
    their job easier and have a high probability of preventing a painful and
    expensive injury. Lifting pallets is often the most difficult part of an order
    picker’s job, so eliminating it can increase your hiring options.
  5. Improves Morale: When the order pickers realize that our automated pallet dispenser makes their job easier, they feel recognized and appreciated. This, of course, leads to improved productivity!

How Long Does a Pallet Dispenser Last?

With proper maintenance, you can anticipate a 12+ year life from our machines even in heavy service of 2 or 3 shifts per day. It is
not unusual for us to hear from customers that have been using our
machines for 15, 20, or even 25 years. We provide technical and parts
support long after the sale.

Contact us at (877)869-5344  with any questions.
*information from a time study provided by one of our customers comparing
pallet retrieval times with and without an automated dispenser

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