Have you ever felt the pain of having to wait for spares to arrive whilst your critical engine is out of action?
If you have, then the chances are you’ll have considered (or acted upon) the idea of holding more spares in your stores.
And usually, we’d promote this type of proactiveness, though there is something else to consider, which was highlighted to us while helping a client this week.
Tim’s our store manager.
Right now, he’s cataloguing a customer’s critical spares, and the other day he found some surprises that totally undermine the operator’s good intentions.
Some of these spares were left with the engine when it was installed in 1982 for the owner to have as critical spares stock, but as they have only recently taken over the asset, they decided to send them to us to have a look.
And it’s a good job they did:
• Some of the parts, like O-rings, have degraded in the 37 years they’ve been held
• Some don’t have any part numbers
• Some aren’t even correct for their engine
After cataloguing each part, we’ll inspect and test them. The result will be a reliable set of spares suitable for use, and a list of shortfalls against their critical parts policy.
Do you have complete confidence in your contingency stock? It may be worth checking so you know you can rely on them if needed!!