Why we recommend having a replacement parts strategy

by Kimberley Tedstone

Why we recommend having a replacement parts strategy:

Do you have a replacement parts strategy in place? At Spiroflow we understand that any machine downtime is costly and can affect the bottom line which is why we believe having a plan in place for replacement parts is essential.

We cannot eliminate unplanned downtime completely but by following our simple step by step guide we can help you to reduce the risk which will ultimately save you time and money.

Step 1:

Have a Recommended Spares List

Having a list to hand of your recommended spares from your equipment supplier will show which replacement parts are essential for your machine and their lead times. Any part which has high usage can be a big downtime risk, especially if it is a critical operating part. Keeping a list of these parts close to hand will mean you can order a replacement quickly and plan in future maintenance for the parts with longer lead times.

Step 2:

Keep Crucial Parts in Stock

By crucial parts we mean any spare part that is essential to the operation of the equipment in a reliable, effective and safe manner. This could be a motor, spiral, tube or cable and discs, anything that the machine cannot operate without should be kept in stock. Crucial parts can also be anything that has a longer lead time which will be outlined in you recommended spares list. By keeping these parts in stock it will help to minimise the downtime of the machine because you won’t be waiting for a part to be delivered.

Step 3:

Choose a Reliable Supplier

We recognise that keeping spare parts in stock isn’t always possible so choosing a supplier that can offer a quick turnaround on replacement parts is essential. When looking for a supplier also look for a reliable on-time delivery record, every day is a delay in getting your production back up and running and is costing you money. So knowing your supplier is not only fast but more importantly reliable will take a weight off your mind.

Step 4:

Buy Quality Replacement Parts

Many suppliers offer cheap replacement parts but how cheap are they if they cause more problems due to poor quality? Spirals can bend out of shape, discs can shatter and contaminate production and certain parts may not be food grade. When downtime occurs you want to get up and running quickly, but compromising on the quality of the part for the price may be what causes your next breakdown.

Step 5:

Analyse Your Breakdown

When breakdowns occur note down the time, day and type of breakdown and keep this in a database. Over time you will begin to see patterns and trends which you can use to assess which parts need replacing most often. You can react accordingly by keeping these parts in stock or planning maintenance in advance.

This step is also useful if you are looking for a maintenance contract as they will get a full history of your machine breakdowns and they will be able to see if anything is out of the ordinary.

Step 6:

Preventative Maintenance is Key

Preventative maintenance is the frequent inspections of your equipment which will help to identify problems before they happen. Machine operators should be trained to look out for issues such as worn out parts and make inspections monthly, weekly or even daily. Catching these issues early coupled with analysing your breakdown data will help you to further understand your breakdowns and how to prevent them.

Step 7:

Get Technical Support

When choosing a supplier ask if they can offer you the technical support. Whether it is advice over the phone, training or on-site maintenance, often the best way to care for your machine is to get your supplier to do it.

Choose Spiroflow

At Spiroflow, we believe that after-sales support and service form a vital part of every bulk material handling solution that we provide. We have many systems that have been working for decades and that means that they are not only well made but well maintained. Original Spiroflow spare parts are manufactured from premium-quality materials which are precisely tailored to the operational demands of our equipment so don’t be tempted by poor quality replicas. Our service managers & technicians strive to provide the support you need when you need it. It may be installation, commissioning, a total maintenance contract or just the occasional troubleshooting call. Whatever your needs, our service team is here to offer technical advice & react quickly to breakdown calls.

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