How to extend the lifespan of OEM spare parts through proper storage

The proper storage of OEM spare parts is crucial for maintaining their quality and functionality over an extended period. By implementing effective storage techniques, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your refrigeration compressor spare parts and prevent unnecessary expenses or downtime.

Ensure your spare parts remain in optimal condition, ready for use when needed by following these guidelines:

1. Temperature Control

Temperature plays a vital role in preserving the integrity of OEM spare parts. Extreme temperatures can lead to degradation, distortion or even chemical reactions that can compromise the parts’ functionality.

It is essential to store spare parts in a controlled environment with a consistent temperature. Ideally, maintain a temperature range that aligns with the OEM manufacturer’s recommendations or industry standards. Avoid storing parts near heat sources or in areas prone to temperature fluctuations, such as windows or exterior walls.

2. Humidity Management

Humidity can accelerate corrosion and promote the growth of mould or mildew, leading to premature deterioration of spare parts. Aim to store OEM parts in an environment with controlled humidity levels.

If possible, maintain relative humidity between 30% and 50%. Additionally, consider using moisture-absorbing materials like silica gel packs or desiccants to further protect the parts from moisture damage.

3. Cleanliness and Contamination Prevention

Maintaining cleanliness in the storage area is crucial for spare parts longevity. Dust, debris, and contaminants can infiltrate parts and cause operational issues or damage.

Keep the storage space clean by regularly dusting shelves, inspecting for any signs of contamination, and implementing regular cleaning schedules. Ensure spare parts are stored in sealed containers or packaging to minimise exposure to dirt, dust, or airborne particles.

4. Proper Packaging

Packaging plays a vital role in protecting spare parts during storage. It helps shield parts from external elements and prevents damage during handling or transportation.

Ensure that spare parts are appropriately packaged in containers that provide adequate protection against impact, moisture, and temperature variations. Whenever possible, retain the original packaging, as it is often designed specifically for optimal storage and protection.

5. Inventory Rotation and InspectionImplement a first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management system to ensure that older spare parts are used before newer ones. Regularly inspect the stored spare parts to identify any signs of damage, degradation, or expiration. Establish a schedule for periodic inspections and maintenance checks to proactively address issues and prevent any surprises during critical operations.

“Proper storage techniques are essential for extending the lifespan of spare parts and ensuring their functionality when needed,” reveals says Tristan Buchinhoren, managing director and founder of Spare Exparts. “Remember, investing time and effort in proper storage practices today, will pay dividends in the long run by maximising the value of your spare parts inventory.”

Spare Exparts has a combined 30+ years of experience in the industrial refrigeration industry. We provide leading businesses across the world with OEM spare parts for Grasso, Sabroe, Howden, Mycom and Bitzer compressors of the highest quality.

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