A major cement producer in Zambia has not only standardised on products from SEW-Erodrive, but has also invested in a comprehensive stockholding of critical spare units to prevent any downtime and subsequent loss of productivity.
The multimillion-rand order consisted of 40 units, including geared motors, planetary components and industrial gear (IG) units, ranging from 7.5 kW to 250 kW. A total of 15 customised IG units are being supplied by SEW-Eurodrive Finland, while other units are being sourced from Germany.
“This is testament to the internationalisation of SEW-Eurodrive, which can call on its extensive global capabilities to meet the specific requirements of major clients within the required timeframes,” comments head of exports, Marcio Sicchiero. “This long-standing client has had a close relationship with us for the past three years.”
Due to the size and quantity of the order, products are being dispatched to Zambia from Johannesburg in six different deliveries in order to facilitate transportation and logistics. Back-up offered on this project included advice on correct storage procedures. Being critical spares, these products will not be deployed in the plant straightaway and therefore have to be stored correctly to avoid any problems when they are required in the plant.
“The client has opted for the critical spares stockholding due to the impact that any downtime will have on productivity,” explains Sicchiero. This is a proactive approach to maintenance, which works well in combination with the ease of installation of these products.”
Commenting on the current state of the cement industry in Africa, Sicchiero points out that the large producers are expanding aggressively. “There is thus significant scope for us to expand in this sector, especially with regard to standardisation of plants and the provision of critical spares,” he concludes.
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