The Importance of Keeping a Spare Parts Inventory On Hand

    Does downtime for your air pollution control system mean a loss of production for your company? If your air pollution control device fails due to a component part failure, does your EPA permit require the plant to shut down operations until the oxidizer is repaired?

    By having a good spare parts inventory for your oxidizer (i.e. catalytic oxidizer, thermal oxidizer, regenerative thermal oxidizer) on hand at all times, you can minimize downtime and keep production running.

    The Power of Preparation

    One of CPI’s clients recently learned the benefits of having a spare parts inventory. During a thunderstorm, their regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) shut down, and the maintenance manager contacted CPI’s service department. Our service technician spent some time on the phone troubleshooting the issue, and it was determined that a power surge during a lightning strike damaged two electrical components located inside the oxidizer control panel.

    CPI had provided the customer with a recommended spare parts list when the equipment was originally purchased. A recommended spare parts list includes critical components that have typical long lead times. 

    Some critical components include:

    • fan motors
    • custom engineered components
    • catalyst

    Additional recommended spare parts include components that are consumable, such as:

    • filters
    • belts
    • bearings
    • switches
    • thermocouples
    • actuators
    • solenoids

    In this particular case, the customer had originally invested in the consumable spare parts. During an annual inspection, our service technician had reviewed the customer’s spare parts inventory. After pointing out the importance of having certain critical spare parts on hand, the customer had made a wise investment. Because of that, they had the correct critical component parts in their spare parts inventory. In just a short amount of time, they were able to quickly retrieve them from their store room and replace the damaged components. The entire downtime was only an hour and nine minutes. By having the spare parts on hand, the customer was able to recover quickly from an unexpected shutdown and minimize costly downtime.

    Preparing For Unexpected Downtime

    CPI would like to make sure that if the unexpected happens to your oxidizer, you can recover quickly. We can review your system’s components and recommend the correct critical and consumable spare parts you should have on hand. For more information, please

    Contact Jeff Nasticky

    For further reading, here are some related case studies and blogs about maintenance:

    Preventative Maintenance Solutions for Air Pollution Control

    Maintenance Quick Tips

    Maintenance and Upgrades

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