While there is generally a case for buying dewatering pumps and associated gear outright, renting offers so many advantages that it should all the time be given shut consideration. This is the view of Lee Vine, managing director of dewatering and dredge pump rental specialist IPR.
He says that IPR is seeing a powerful shift in direction of the rental mannequin. “We began up just seven years in the past and, since then, we’ve had to constantly add pumps to our fleet to meet ever growing demand from a range of industries, most especially mining and construction,” he states.
“We now have greater than 200 pumps in our rental fleet, in a position to handle almost any pumping task. Our line-up consists of submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry and sludge pumps and diesel-driven pumps. Unauthorized supply dredging methods and hydro mining solutions.”
Vine believes that one of the prime benefits of renting is that it eliminates the necessity for upfront capital expenditure, which – depending on the kind of tools that’s required – can be appreciable. “Many companies – significantly if they’re start-ups or are experiencing robust buying and selling circumstances – merely can not afford to make this sort of financial commitment,” he says. “If that is the case, rental is the best solution.”
He points out that buying doesn’t make business sense if the tools required is only used on an intermittent foundation. “If you’re going to buy pumps, for example, then you need to get the maximum utilisation out of them. If you solely have an occasional need for pumping, then I would strongly advocate renting. It is insanity to purchase costly gear after which go away it standing for long periods.”
Ownership additionally brings with it the issues of maintenance. “Pumps need to be maintained and this normally means that folks with the required competence need to be completely employed to undertake this task,” he says. “When you rent from IPR, we provide this service. Our skilled and experienced technicians undertake all servicing and upkeep on web site on a 24/7 foundation. We additionally, after all, ensure that machines are in tip-top condition before being despatched out to clients.”
When it involves pumping, there is not a such factor as ‘one size suits all’ and Vine says this is one other compelling purpose to rent rather than buy. “IPR can draw from its extraordinarily big selection of pumps and different tools to provide options which are precisely tailor-made to the customer’s needs. By contrast, we often discover that corporations that elect to purchase their very own equipment end up using pumps which are totally unsuited to the duty at hand. They are utilizing them as a end result of that’s all they have out there.”
By renting from IPR, prospects additionally get the benefit of the latest know-how. “Obviously, not every unit in our fleet will be the very newest model however, generally, our inventory consists of latest or relatively new machines offering – amongst other issues – glorious gasoline effectivity,” says Vine. “Customers can rest assured that we’ll never supply out-of-date gear that’s no longer match for objective.”
While rental is the spine of IPR’s business, the company additionally sells pumps and other tools. It is the only real agent in southern Africa for the well-established Atlas Copco diesel-driven pump units as properly as the Atlas Copco range of submersible pumps.
As Vine comments, “We’re definitely not saying that customers should at all times rent. Under the proper circumstances, direct possession of assets such as pumps may be the most effective route to comply with. We recognise this, which is why we’re geared to both rent or promote.”
IPR is based in trendy premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg, where it has a well-equipped engineering workshop which permits it to supply totally customised pumping and dredging solutions to ISO 9001 standards.
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