Ben Outwater, Director of Customer Service at viastore Systems, recently discussed the six principles of an effective spare parts stocking program. Outwater shared after a company has invested in an automated material handling solution—whether that includes conveyor, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), or a combination of the two, “You are only 1/2 way there. Implementing a solid equipment maintenance program is key to ensuring that your system is always running at its peak. While there may be a variety of options for maintenance providers, in our experience establishing and maintaining an effective spare parts stocking program is mandatory.”
With advanced analysis and planning to determine which components are most likely to need replacement in the event of a failure, manufacturers can ensure that operation’s key equipment continues to operate with minimal downtime. Outwater recommends six principles to follow when developing an effective spare parts stocking program to automate warehouse operations.
- 1. Read the manuals.
- 2. Ask the OEM and/or integrator which parts they stock.
- 3. Stock anything marked “critical.”
- 4. Keep replacement “wear” items on site.
- 5. Maintain stock in “recommended” supplies.
- 6. Schedule an annual equipment check-up.
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About viastore Systems, Inc.
For over 40 years, viastore Systems, Inc. has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 470 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $140 Million. viastore’s focus is on consulting and planning, together with the implementation and constant improvement of intralogistics solutions with locations in Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil.
viastore Systems, with North American headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, (www.us.viastore.com) is an integrated and certified partner for all major ERP system database and operating system suppliers such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. viastore Systems earned a return spot on Food Logistics’ 2015 FL100+ list of software and technology providers whose products and solutions are key to the global food supply chain. viastore Systems is a proud member of MHI. Follow viastore on Twitter at @viastoresystems.
Company Name: Viastore Systems Inc.
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Address:4890 Kendrick Street SE
City: Grand Rapids
Country: United States