Spare parts can serve a wide range of purposes in a variety of industries. In most cases, effective use of the parts is the key to making sure the most effective and efficient practices are being observed. Oftentimes, proper use of spare parts can mean saving money by reducing the costs associated with purchasing new parts. Utilizing spare parts can also be an effective means for reducing or eliminating downtime. By storing the parts for later usage, you can amass a personal supply source to be tapped in the event of an unforeseen repair need. Having the parts available within your facility means not having to order from a remote supplier or waiting for the new parts to be shipped to your location. You can replace or repair your equipment in less time, resulting in more “up time”.
Some concerns involving spare parts include proper storing of the parts. Metal parts are at times vulnerable to the conditions of the area where they will be stored. Rust and other forms of degradation are to be avoided to make sure the parts are serviceable should they be called into use. There are several preserving oils that can be applied to metal parts to protect the part from moisture and the other effects of varying environmental conditions. Keeping the parts in a sealed container will also work to prevent the negative effects of moisture and other corrosives. Though the expense of acquiring the containers will need to be absorbed initially, the benefits over time will likely more than pay for the cost of purchasing the containers. Using the containers repeatedly over time will protect many spare parts and create a savings that could dwarf whatever cost was endured by purchasing the protective containers in the first place.
Spare parts should also be stored using a system for keeping track of the inventory. Whenever you are fortunate enough to have extra parts at your disposal, catalog their type and uses so that you are able to quickly find them in the event they are needed. In order to make most efficient use of the parts, being able to quickly and accurately locate the parts for use makes the practice all the more worthwhile. The alternative, having an unorganized collection of random parts, will lead to missed opportunities to use the spare parts and increase the chance that the parts could be lost or damaged while in storage. Be sure to date the listings for the parts so that you are able to discern the newer pieces from those that have been stored for longer periods of time. Using the oldest parts first will go a long way to preventing the chances of damage by way of corrosion as mentioned before.
Spare parts can serve as an invaluable tool for meeting your maintenance needs. An effective system for storing and using spare parts will save time, cut costs, and make sure your operation is functioning as efficiently as possible. With a modest amount of attention you can adopt a system for using spare parts to greatly benefit your business.