New equipment for a lab, testing facility or a hospital can be very expensive. Often with smaller facilities, the decision to buy equipment to allow testing and analysis has to be delayed for months. This inability to compete with the testing abilities of the bigger labs in the area is costly and can limit the possibilities to attract new clients and new business.
For in-house testing facilities, not having the right equipment or equipment with the testing capacity required causes the same types of problems. It limits the ability of the lab to get the job done and to provide the services required.
To address this issue, many lab managers choose to add refurbished medical equipment. It is lower cost, often by as much as 70% over the cost of the same model new. While there may be some very light signs of prior use, the equipment is fully tested, repaired and to OEM standards.
What is Used and What is Refurbished?
While equipment that is sold as used has seen past lab work, as has refurbished medical equipment, the difference in what has been done to the equipment before being sold by the dealer.
Used equipment is tested and sold in working condition. It is important to realize that by choosing an established, reputable dealer you can be assured all tests have been completed.
The use of the term refurbished medical equipment means that the equipment has been tested, but also inspected, repaired and upgraded to meet OEM standards. Worn parts have been replaced, all components tested and the software has been fully updated.
While refurbished equipment is often slightly more costly than that sold as “used,” it also typically has a warranty, which may be an important consideration for any lab facility.
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