Electrical Industry Standard Approved for Reconditioned Equipment


The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) board of directors ratified its Electrical Equipment Reconditioning Standard (EERS), Revision 6, in early 2016 and recently received approval action by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

PEARL, an ANSI accredited standards developer, was founded in 1997 as a national trade organization for companies that supply quality surplus and reconditioned/remanufactured electrical equipment and apparatus.

Equipment Performance Without Compromise

The EERS defines the procedures required to assess, recondition and validate electrical equipment for safe reuse. Revision 6 focuses on the most common types of industrial and commercial electrical equipment, including circuit breakers, transformers, motor controls and switchgear.

The new EERS provides additional detail regarding suggested technician qualifications and the importance of manufacturer specifications for equipment performance. It also represents the expanded use of terminology used by other electrical industry organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA).

The EERS includes inspection, cleaning, reconditioning, testing and documentation instructions that, when followed by trained technicians, will return electrical devices to an "as-good-as-new" condition without compromise. As a result, electrical devices that meet the PEARL EERS are expected to have an extended life and reliability.

A New Level for the Industry

“An ANSI accredited EERS is a huge step for the electrical reconditioning industry,” President of PEARL and Vice President of the Southwest Division of National Field Services Howard Herndon said. “This document is a nationally accredited standard for the reconditioning of electrical equipment that an owner, engineering group or service shop can use as a guide for the minimum reconditioning requirements.”

Herndon added that the industry now requires a training and certification program for technicians who recondition equipment. PEARL’s Technician Certification Program ensures that each technician using the EERS is knowledgeable and competent in its requirements.

“With the PEARL EERS approved, the industry has a valuable tool when dealing with disaster recovery, life extension and discontinued electrical equipment needs,” Vice President of PEARL and Vice President of Business Development for Western Electrical Services Dan Hook added. “This option often saves time, money and logistical challenges when compared to replacing old equipment with new equipment.”

Moreover, Hook explained that this standard lays out a sanctioned path to safely utilize older electrical equipment in the field through the reconditioning process in accordance with and beyond Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications.

“Another important aspect to the ANSI accreditation is that the National Electrical Code (NEC) now recognizes reconditioned electrical equipment as a viable option, yet there was no industry standard to cover it. Now there is which lends invaluable credence and authority to PEARL's mission and work,” said Hook.

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National Field Services’ affiliate company, National Switchgear, is a founding member of PEARL and employs several PEARL certified technicians. Learn more about our PEARL accredited service center!


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Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) Reconditioning Seal | National Field Services

PEARL member companies affix the blue PEARL Reconditioned Seal to electrical equipment that has passed the PEARL EERS.