Equipment part costs can be reduced by including some of these suggestions into your equipment maintenance program.Many high usage consumable parts are prime items for cost reduction.Reducing cost for these high usage parts will produce instant cost savings.
Research consumable high usage equipment parts for your printing and binding equipment. Note their current price.Parts such as web press folder nipper reconditioning, cutting rubbers, knife box cheekstrip, and movable jaw blades are examples of consumable parts that can be reconditioned, or replaced at favorable prices.Bindery equipment also has many high usage consumable parts such as wheels, cams, pusher pins, grippers, and clamps.
Every company has different parts needs and would benefit from cost a reduction strategy.Determine the high usage parts your company buys that cost too much.Saving money on these high usage parts would make a contribution to company profitability.
This last step for part cost reduction is the most difficult.Do not choose an alternate source for equipment parts based only on price.A good alternate source for your parts program must include a favorable part price, excellent quality, and good availability.If any of these three parts considerations are missing, you will be disappointed if you choose such a part source.
Your best source for lower cost and high quality equipment parts is to buy directly from a company that makes the part.Not all parts suppliers to the printing industry make the parts they sell.This includes the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), roller companies, and other vendors.If you don’t know if your present parts vendor manufactures the parts he sell you, ask him.You may be surprised at his response.
Your colleagues may know vendors that saved them money for equipment parts and could do the same for you Maintenance department managers, plant managers, and plant engineers are good sources for this type of information.