Have you planned for the an­nual plant shut­down?

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS - Con­tact 07 847 4808 or email miguel@son­dex.co.nz

Here in New Zealand we are be­gin­ning to see the warmer sum­mer days move in, with this fo­cus moves from heat­ing to cool­ing.

Now is the time to con­sider your equip­ments con­di­tion and book in a ser­vice be­fore the hot sum­mer hits, please “do not wait” un­til late De­cem­ber to look for your spare parts as a lot of the world’s heat ex­chang­ers are man­u­fac­tured in Europe and de­spite your lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors’ best en­deav­ours, plan­ning is the only way of en­sur­ing you will have the im­por­tant spare parts re­quired to re­assem­ble and re­pair your Plate heat ex­changer.

Re­minder – Europe closes down for Christ­mas as well and ob­tain­ing parts is of­ten a first in, first serve, ba­sis. We have seen parts lost by freight for­warders, ship­ments de­liv­ered to the wrong des­ti­na­tion in the end-ofyear may­hem, and even had a dis­tri­bu­tion plant locked down and iso­lated by snow­storms. So please plan your spare parts well in ad­vance.

Tech­ni­cally the break is only meant to be two weeks long, but with many plants shut­ting down in two halves (with dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the business clos­ing shop at dif­fer­ent times), this can of­ten end up be­ing a four­week in­ter­rup­tion.

The ef­fects of this might not be im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent on this side of the world, but it does have sub­stan­tial im­pli­ca­tions for pur­chas­ing and project plan­ning. With long de­liv­ery times ex-EURO ex­pected, it is es­sen­tial to get your or­ders in well be­fore­hand – or there may well be many oth­ers in front of you.

By un­der­stand­ing how the an­nual shut­down works and mak­ing prepa­ra­tions in ad­vance, you can en­sure you’re head­ing into the tail end of the year with­out ma­jor dis­rup­tions in de­liv­ery and de­lay in op­er­a­tion start up in the New Year.

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