In every industrial facility, it’s expected that some repair and replacement of worn parts will occur at some point during the production schedule. In fact, most repair-and-replacement work is performed on a routine maintenance schedule with the help of predictive and preventative technologies. Because the vast majority of industrial equipment will require replacement parts at some point during their lives, most industrial facilities have storage space dedicated just to spare parts. Schreier Industrial works with clients to help them develop a comprehensive, well-oiled spare parts program, implementing an organized schedule and tailored storage spaces that keep parts in mint condition.
A spare parts program is much more than just a storage system and a maintenance schedule, however. It is a working system that streamlines repair work and keeps the production schedule up and running with minimal down time, it maintains equipment and improves facility longevity, it protects the integrity of equipment and production quality, and it provides well-organized databases of spare parts and maintenance materials.
With the guidance and support of Schreier Industrial, you can develop a spare parts program customized to your maintenance schedule, equipment, staff, and production line. A basic outline of an effective spare parts program utilizes components such as:
- Parts Inventory: The inclusion of a rigorous inventory list for the spare parts in your storage is an obvious one. Without an organized database of parts, including information such as part number, part age, size, respective equipment, and more, your spare parts program doesn’t have a foundation to stand on.
- Cost of Goods: To effectively work a spare parts program into your budget, you need the detailed and current costs of each part, assembly components, labor, and other materials involved.
- Vendor Inventory: An inventoried list of which vendors you import spare parts from is also critical. This should include billing and shipping addresses, cost and method of shipping, lead times, which vendors are preferred depending on the part, and any other relevant vendor contact information.
- Storage Map: Even the smallest spare parts storage space should have a detailed, current map of where all spare parts are located. This is especially important for the storage of small parts in varying sizes such as nuts, bolts, screws, seals, ball bearings, and specialty components.
- Quality Storage: An effective storage space is also necessary. Parts should be stored in a logical pattern with ease of access and safe storage climates. They should also be contained in bags, boxes, or other protective packaging.
- Maintenance Schedule: Pairing a spare parts program with your maintenance program is important for two main reasons. First, it keeps spare parts in stock for when you need them without having to store excess inventory, and second, it allows you to order spare parts while keeping the lead time in mind so you can receive them when you need them.
A quality spare parts program can also be key in projecting annual maintenance costs and working those expenses into your budget effectively. To learn more about integrating your own spare parts program into your operations, contact Schreier Industrial at (218) 402-0838 or email@example.com today.