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Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs BY DAVID WHEAT clamps and couplings inventory is an issue that all water municipalities need to control. With a small inventory, municipalities can save on space and money but if there is a hitch with deliveries or a sudden spike in demand, installers won't have what they need for repairs. Municipalities often have tight budgets, meaning that a larger inventory to better supply clamps and couplings is not an option. This is especially true in smaller municipalities where the amount of space for inventory can be very tight. MANAGING WATER PIPE This balancing act between cost and space can be tricky but with these five tips, municipalities can ensure they have the repair products they need while keeping storage costs down. 1. Evaluate how much stock is needed throughout the year Before deciding on how much inventory you need, take a careful look at the demand for repair products and when they are used most frequently. Look at your orders over the course of the last three or four years. Do you notice periods when the demand for certain clamps or couplings is high, and other periods when it's low? See if you can manage inventory based on past records and decide which products should be in high supply and which ones can be lower. In addition, knowing the size and types of pipes that are in the ground can help predict what kind of repair tools to store. 2. Use repair products that can be used in a number of applications If you store clamps and couplings that can be used in a number of applications, then you don't need to keep as many repair products in stock and space is reduced. There are products on the market that offer full transition couplings that will fit pipes of varying types and sizes within your water or wastewater infrastructure. There are also products that have the versatility to either join or repair pipes. These space savings are significant as one of these products can take the place of three traditional ones given its capacity to be used on a variety of pipes and repair situations. The HYMAX VERSA, for example, can be stab-fit between two separate pipes or repair the pipe by wrapping it around the damaged section. HYMAX VERSA offers high versatility to connect to a wide variety of piping materials and diameters, and gives installers the flexibility to make repairs within an extensive range of circumstances. 3. Take weather patterns into considerations Weather can play a key role when repair supplies will be in high demand and how fast you can obtain them. Repairs are frequent when the ground shifts during the spring thaw, other times of the year when the weather is harsh (e.g. hurricane season). Keep in mind when ordering products that orders will be harder to fill when weather conditions will get in the way of quick deliveries. It only takes one 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2016

From the President: Strong
From the Executive Director: Do You Need VRWA?
Thanks for the Memories!
Future Operators: Implementing A Career
Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity
Work Zone Safety Awareness: V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
Water System Consolidation
Decline of Coal: Economic Effects on Utilities
Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs
VRWA Report Card
NRWA Recap
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2016