Efficient Plant April 2018 - 34
Rather than abandon a crucial test or fail to do
necessary maintenance for lack of required instrumentation, rent what you need.
WHILE SUMMER MAY still be a few months away, you might be making some vacation
plans. That includes thinking about buying, packing up, and transporting all the equipment
your family insists it will require for, say, just few days at the beach or lake. Since you probably won't use and don't care to store and maintain those specialized items long term, renting
can be a good option. The same value proposition holds true in the manufacturing arena
when it comes to obtaining instrumentation for your site's next test or application.
Bruce Lachey, Sound and Rental Program team leader from The Modal Shop (Cincinnati,
modalshop.com), offers the following information to help demystify the reasons equipment
rental can make sense for your plant.
The Modal Shop (Cincinnati, modalshop.com) offers structural-vibration and acoustic-sensing systems and
services for various applications in design and test laboratories and manufacturing plants. A subsidiary
of PCB Piezotronics Inc. (Depew, NY, pcb.com), The Modal Shop is a wholly owned subsidiary of
MTS Systems Corp. (Eden Prairie, MN, mts.com).
Right instrumentation at minimal cost.
It's often easy to feel limited by what equipment
you have in stock. What, though, if you could
have just the right item for your test, but not
shell out thousands of dollars to purchase it?
Renting or leasing equipment is a practical
way to select precisely what you need to fulfill
the requirements of an upcoming test with no
capital expense attached.
Short-term or one-time application. Have
you ever needed equipment for just a month
or a week? It doesn't make sense to buy items
in such cases. Rather than abandoning your
test or failing to do necessary maintenance in
your facility, consider rental. Rental-service
providers are well suited to help you in these
situations. They have the equipment you need
and can help you reach your goals.
Trying before you buy. Have you ever
found yourself on the fence about purchasing
a product? Not sure if it will work well in your
facility? Rental is a great way to test equipment
and obtain real-time feedback from your team
on the practicality and usefulness of a specific
unit as a solution. Sometimes, rental-service
providers will even allow you to apply the rental fees you've paid to buy the unit. Just ask.
Cost-of-ownership issues. Looking to
simplify your life and work? Rental offers a
means to avoid the ongoing maintenance and
upkeep associated with equipment you own. A
good rental-service provider will offer quality
equipment that is up to date on any necessary
maintenance. You'll never have to worry about
an oil change, calibration, or cleaning. It's all
taken care of as part of the rental package. EP
- Jane Alexander, Managing Editor