Refurbished versus refurb-ish... Sometimes, what one imaging equipment vendor calls a “refurbished” x-ray system is not quite the same as what the next vendor calls a “refurbished" x-ray system. We know the ambiguity of the “R word” can be frustrating when you’re shopping around for your next equipment purchase, so we wanted to take the next few paragraphs to be absolutely clear about how we handle x-ray refurbishment.
Below is Block Imaging's refurbishment process for turning used x-ray equipment into refurbished x-ray.
The table is disassembled. Parts are inspected, cleaned, and moved to our custom paint booth for refinishing with OEM paint products and procedures. After the refinishing process, the table is taken to one of our staging bays. This is where the reassembly process begins. Bearings, cables, and connectors are inspected for wear and replaced as needed. When reassembly is complete, the table is thoroughly tested for operation per OEM specifications.
X-ray Tube Assembly:
Whether the X-ray tube for a given system is mounted on the ceiling, a free-standing column, or onto the table itself, the process is the same for this portion of the machine. The external pieces of the support system are removed, cleaned, inspected, and replaced as needed. These pieces are taken to the paint booth for refinishing. The internal moving parts are cleaned thoroughly and exercised through their full range to check for hang-ups , grinding, or sticking.The collimator and X-ray control console are inspected and knobs, keypads, and graphic overlays are replaced as needed. After the refinishing process, these components are reassembled in the staging bay. Again, all mechanical and electrical parts are inspected and replaced as needed. After these components are back together, the entire tube assembly is tested to OEM specification.
The steps for this portion of each machine are much like those for the table and the tube assembly: disassemble, inspect, clean, refinish, reassemble, replace parts as needed, test to OEM specification.
DICOM functions are tested on our internal network to confirm functionality.
The process for the covers and frames of these cabinets follows the template for table, tube assembly, and chest. Once the frame is refinished, the cabinet joins the rest of the machine in the staging bay to have its internal electronics inspected and replaced as needed. Afterward, the cabinet is connected to the other major components and the main power supply. The complete system is powered up and all electrical systems are thoroughly tested for proper operation. All calibration and OEM settings are performed at this time.
Now, the total system is ready to be thoroughly tested and adjusted. In the case of a digital system, particular care is taken in testing the detector for bad pixels or image artifacts. After all procedures are complete, the room is ready for a customer to preview in our facility. The system is then disassembled and shipped to its destination for installation.
As we’ve said before, quality imaging equipment refurbishment happens with thoroughness and product expertise. We work through X-ray systems component-by-component inspecting, cleaning, replacing, and reassembling to ensure our customers get outstanding systems that function as well as new ones at significantly lower costs.
If you’re looking for your next X-ray equipment purchase, please try out the handy x-ray room checklist available via the button below. If your needs have you leaning toward digital X-ray, try the second button to download our free digital conversion guide. We’ll connect you right away with options and pricing based on your specific x-ray room requirements.