Let’s discuss how to properly store your WPT Power spare parts and assemblies. The goal is to preserve and protect these products, reducing the risk of degradation and corrosion. After all, inventory is money sitting on the shelves. Needless to say, storage best practices are especially important for items exposed to external factors which can adversely affect the product’s life. These exposures or environmental conditions can include extreme temperatures, humidity, light and UV exposure, dust and debris, or even chemicals.
Four Key Reasons You Should Store and Protect Your WPT Products From Their Surroundings
1. Product Quality and Integrity: Storing them in controlled environments helps maintain their quality and integrity over time, reducing the risk of deterioration or disrepair.
2. Shelf Life Extension: Some rubber parts and components, for example, have limited shelf lives. Protecting them from the environment and outside sources can extend their shelf life. It reduces deterioration and ensures they remain effective until they reach the end-user.
3. Healthy Inventory Management: You spent time planning what products to stock. Best storage practices enable you to better manage inventory by reducing the risk of impairment, damage, or obsolescence. This, in turn, means you have a “healthy” product to meet customer demands. Cost savings come from not having excessive inventory and improved turnaround.
4. Quality Control Confidence: Some WPT Power products may require specific protection from environmental conditions for quality control purposes. By storing items in these conditions, you can ensure consistency and accuracy from WPT to the end user.
Look to the Installation and Maintenance Manuals
These general environmental storage guidelines help protect your valuable assets and are in the product’s Installation and Maintenance manuals. Your management in this area is critical to the delivery process, ensuring that parts and assemblies are safeguarded in peak conditions from production to distribution. This practice helps maintain quality, compliance, and efficiency throughout the supply chain, ultimately benefiting those in distribution, WPT, and especially the end-user!
General WPT Power Storage Guidelines
Guidelines on how you should properly store your products in a manner that is protected from the environment and outside sources, which may include but are not limited to the following:
Environmental storage requirements should be maintained as follows:
- No exposure to rainwater
- Temperatures 32F° (0C°) to 110F° (43C°)
- Below 50% average humidity
- Average sunlight
Hazards that require additional protection:
- Dust and debris
- Oil, water, saltwater, acids, or other chemicals
- Any other foreign items which may damage the product
- Other measures include covering the product to prevent ingress of foreign matter
Additional Protection Measures for Long-Term Storage: (For storage exceeding one month)
- Coat exposed metal with Cosmoline RP-342 “HEAVY” Military-Grade Rust Preventive Aerosol Spray, or equal
- Coating of painted surfaces is not required or recommended
- Visually inspect the product for degradation once every three-months
Rubber Storage Environment: (Spare parts)
- Temperatures 50F° (10C°) to 85F° (29C°)
- Below 50% average humidity
- Limited exposure to light and UV
- Clean, dust-free environment
Meeting the Customer’s Expectation With Quality Products
You are building positive customer experiences and maintaining a solid customer base from meeting their expectations. When you prioritize product quality and consistently deliver on customer expectations, you earn loyalty and positive word-of-mouth recommendations.
For product storage requirements, application assistance, or technical support, please visit our website at www.WPTpower.com or give us a call at 940-761-1971.