While there is typically a case for purchasing dewatering pumps and related tools outright, renting presents so many advantages that it should at all times 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 model. “We began up simply seven years ago and, since then, we’ve needed to repeatedly add pumps to our fleet to satisfy ever growing demand from a variety of industries, most particularly mining and construction,” he states.
“We now have greater than 200 pumps in our rental fleet, able to deal with nearly any pumping activity. Our line-up contains submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry and sludge pumps and diesel-driven pumps. We also provide dredging methods and hydro mining options.”
Vine believes that one of many prime benefits of renting is that it eliminates the necessity for upfront capital expenditure, which – relying on the kind of equipment that is required – may be considerable. “Many companies – significantly if they’re start-ups or are experiencing robust buying and selling situations – merely can not afford to make this kind of financial dedication,” he says. “If this is the case, rental is the ideal resolution.”
He points out that purchasing doesn’t make enterprise sense if the equipment required is simply used on an intermittent foundation. “If you’re going to purchase pumps, for instance, then you want to get the maximum utilisation out of them. If you solely have an occasional need for pumping, then I would strongly suggest renting. It is insanity to purchase expensive tools and then depart it standing for long durations.”
Ownership also brings with it the problems of maintenance. “Pumps have to be maintained and this normally signifies that individuals with the required competence must be completely employed to undertake this task,” he says. “When you lease from IPR, we offer this service. Our skilled and skilled technicians undertake all servicing and maintenance on web site on a 24/7 basis. We additionally, in fact, make sure that machines are in tip-top situation before being despatched out to prospects.”
When it involves pumping, there is not a such factor as ‘one size fits all’ and Vine says this is another compelling cause to lease quite than purchase. “IPR can draw from its extremely wide selection of pumps and other tools to offer solutions which are exactly tailor-made to the customer’s wants. By contrast, we frequently discover that firms that elect to buy their very own gear find yourself utilizing pumps which are completely unsuited to the duty at hand. They are using them as a end result of that’s all they have obtainable.”
By renting from IPR, customers also get the profit of the newest technology. “Obviously, not every unit in our fleet would be the very latest mannequin but, usually, our stock consists of new or comparatively new machines providing – amongst other things – wonderful gasoline efficiency,” says Vine. “Customers can rest assured that we’ll never provide out-of-date gear that’s no longer match for purpose.”
While rental is the spine of IPR’s enterprise, the corporate additionally sells pumps and other equipment. Mere is the sole agent in southern Africa for the well-established Atlas Copco diesel-driven pump sets in addition to the Atlas Copco vary of submersible pumps.
As Vine comments, “We’re certainly not saying that clients ought to at all times rent. Under the right circumstances, direct ownership of property similar to pumps could be the best route to comply with. We recognise this, which is why we are geared to both lease or promote.”
IPR is based in trendy premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg, where it has a well-equipped engineering workshop which allows it to supply totally customised pumping and dredging solutions to ISO 9001 standards.
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