It can be difficult to explain to the boss why you need a second outage to replace a part you had in stock just prior to the first outage. How can you prevent a "we didn't know it wouldn't work" fiasco?
- Before adding a replacement part to inventory, check the part number, size, and other identifying specs against your required inventory documentation.
- Nothing goes into the stockroom without being properly labeled.
- The storage area may appear to be dry due the absence of a roof leak (water ingress), but it can still be humid enough for spare parts to corrode. Consider using a dehumidifier.
When certain kinds of parts are received, temporarily put them in a holding area or on unapproved status. Add them to inventory only after completing pre-inventory assurance. For example:
- Fuses. Visually inspect for damage (e.g., cracked body). Read the fuse indicator, or test with an ohmmeter (better still, test with a high-voltage resistance tester).
- Motors. Manually rotate rotor, listen for grating, and test for runout with a dial indicator.
- Critical circuit breakers. Conduct the recommended static testing or PM.
- Critical cabling. Conduct insulation resistance testing, and record baseline data.