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Stock Vessel Replacement Parts On-Site to Make Your Maintenance More Efficient

Topic: Maintenance | Industry: General | Author: John Weaver
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Reliability and durability are two key attributes of every Lee production vessel. When you install a Lee product in your facility, you should be able to count on it working for many years as it’s intended to.

But even Lee equipment needs maintenance from time to time. When that time arrives, you want there to be as little impact on your operations as possible. Aside from giving proper attention to preventative maintenance, one of the best ways to minimize potential downtime for repairs is to keep a stock of appropriate parts on-site.

Keeping key parts for your Lee vessel on hand in your facility means you’ll always be prepared for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. Think of it as a low-cost insurance policy for your equipment. The cost of ordering commonly replaced parts in advance is far less than that of the downtime you’ll experience waiting for replacement parts to arrive. 

Having these parts on hand also builds in a layer of efficiency into your scheduled maintenance. Maintaining a supply of important Lee parts means you’ll have one less thing to think about when your scheduled maintenance period arrives. You’ll always know you have the parts you need for your most basic regular repairs. 

And in the event of an unscheduled issue with your Lee vessel, having a replacement part on-site ensures a faster return to your normal operating procedures.

What parts should you keep on-site?

There are two categories of parts for your processing vessels & agitators that you should keep on-site.

First, it’s a good practice to keep a supply of parts that should be replaced on a regular basis. Commonly worn parts — such as scraper blades and pins, O-ring seals, drive shaft bearings, seals and ball valve seal kits — should be replaced on a regular schedule determined by either the amount of time that has passed since they were last replaced or how much they have been used. 

It’s also a good idea to maintain a supply of critical and special-order parts that may have to be custom-manufactured for your vessels. Since these parts are unique to your vessel, a replacement could take up to several weeks to fabricate. The time you spend waiting for a custom-built part to arrive could result in costs greater than simply pre-ordering a custom replacement. 

Internal drive shafts and certain types and sizes of shaft bearings and seals are good examples of parts that fall into this second category. Each of these components may take weeks to replace at minimum.

Let Lee help stock your vessel replacement parts inventory

Building your replacement parts inventory can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Identifying the parts you need is as straightforward as contacting us with the serial numbers for the Lee production vessels in your facility. From there, we’ll be able to give you a list of the spare parts you should keep in stock along with service recommendations for the equipment you operate. Just contact our sales and service team today to get started.


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