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Reserve for Product Warranties

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Reserve for Product Warranties
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Product Warranties Disclosures [Abstract]  
Reserve for Product Warranties
Reserve for Product Warranties
The Company provides a warranty for products that is generally one year in length, but in some cases regulations may require them to provide repair or remediation beyond the typical warranty period. If any of the products contain defects, the Company may incur additional repair and remediation costs. Service for domestic customers is provided by Company-owned service centers that perform all service, repair, and calibration services. Service for international customers is provided by a combination of Company-owned facilities, vendors on a contract basis, and distributors.
A warranty reserve is included in accrued liabilities for the expected future costs of servicing products. Additions to the reserve are based on management’s best estimate of probable liability. The Company considers a combination of factors including material and labor costs, regulatory requirements, and other judgments in determining the amount of the reserve. The reserve is reduced as costs are incurred to honor existing warranty and regulatory obligations.
As of September 30, 2018, the Company had accrued $4.2 million of estimated costs to bring certain products into U.S. regulatory compliance. The Company's estimate of these costs associated with bringing the products into compliance is primarily based upon the number of units outstanding that may require repair, costs associated with shipping, and the assumption the FDA will approve the Company's plan for compliance.
The details of activity in the warranty reserve are as follows (in thousands):
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Balance, beginning of period
$
10,913

 
$
14,139

 
$
10,995

 
$
10,670

Assumed through acquisitions

 
722

 

 
1,888

Additions charged to expense
792

 
1,984

 
3,127

 
9,437

Utilizations
(945
)
 
(3,616
)
 
(2,003
)
 
(7,977
)
Changes in estimate related to product remediation activities
(1,695
)
 
(796
)
 
(3,054
)
 
(1,585
)
Balance, end of period
$
9,065

 
$
12,433

 
$
9,065

 
$
12,433


The estimates the Company uses in projecting future product warranty costs may prove to be incorrect. Any future determination that product warranty reserves are understated could result in increases to cost of sales and reductions in operating profits and results of operations.