Spare parts management
Strategic spare parts planning is a combination of several methods to have access to required spare parts at the right time in the desired condition, without keeping all OEM recommended parts in stock.
Effective spare parts management will reduce engine downtime after a scheduled or unscheduled stop and will reduce spare parts purchasing & stocking costs.
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Introducing strategic spare parts planning
Strategic spare parts planning is a combination of several methods to have access to required spare parts at the right time in the desired condition, without keeping all OEM recommended parts in stock. Essence of this approach is to reflect on the availability of parts long before they are actually needed.
Strategic spare parts planning can reduce the downtime of an engine after a scheduled or unscheduled stop and will avoid unnecessary spare part purchasing & stocking costs.
VBR Turbine Partners provides LM gas turbine spare parts management services to enable gas turbine owners and operators to profit from our strategic spare parts planning capabilities.
Rapid availability of spare parts is essential
The majority of all unscheduled stops and unscheduled gas turbine down time is related to a dysfunction of the external parts of a gas turbine. In order to limit loss of production and potential damage it is important to have fast access to the correct replacement parts. VBR is a stock keeping service provider for all critical LM1600, LM2500(+) & LM6000 spare parts.
ROI on a spare parts stock is uncertain
Stockholding of critical spare parts requires a significant investment, while ROI is uncertain. Some spare parts will never be needed, some electronic components may not function properly after a long time of non-use. And now the electric power market has changed and gas turbines run less stationary, the load on components has only increased. It becomes harder to predict which parts must be kept on stock.
Reduce costs with strategic parts planning
Every gas turbine owner is looking for ways to cut costs without compromising on reliability. Strategic spare parts planning is a safe way to realize cost reduction. Important for a gas turbine operator is that at the very moment a replacement part is required, it must be available quickly, in good condition and at a reasonable price. Spare parts management supports gas turbine owners and operators to realize these goals.
VBR enables gas turbine owners and operators to implement strategic spare parts planning, either by itself or as part of a strategic maintenance plan. Determining factors for the planning are scheduled maintenance and the criticality of the plant, engines and separate parts. Solutions vary for respectively high-, medium- and non-critical parts.
VBR can assess your current spare parts stock and determine which parts in your stock are crucial for your operation and which parts are not or to a lesser degree. For parts that do not necessarily need to be in stock onsite, the best alternative stockholders are identified. For spare parts that are recommended on-site VBR can provide information and insights for proper decision making on the required origin and condition of these parts. Purchasing conditions like price, lead time, warranty and stock position are taken into consideration.
This will lead to a combination of a cost-effective stock and relevant agreements with third parties in optimal anticipation of scheduled and unscheduled engine stops.
Strategic spare parts planning offers substantial cost savings by:
- eliminating irrelevant stock
- smart spare part purchasing
- reducing downtime of an engine after a scheduled or unscheduled stop.
The implementation of true strategic spare parts planning will contribute substantially to the profitability of any gas turbine operation.
Download a presentation about strategic spare parts planning by Jeroen van Veldhuizen, CEO of VBR Turbine Partners: Strategic spare parts planning.
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