The Cylinder Service Centre supplies replacement cylinders for both planned, preventive maintenance purposes and for emergency breakdowns.
In either case, a stocked replacement cylinder is an option and The Cylinder Service Centre also provides a managed store solution to accommodate both storage and testing requirements.
For planned maintenance, or preventive maintenance, replacement cylinders can be specified well in advance of the requirement. This is the preferred way of undertaking a replacement is there is no unscheduled machinery down time involved. There is also time to fully evaluate the specification and look for opportunities for design improvements.
Replacement cylinders can be provided newly manufactured. Following the first replacement, it is also possible to repair, or re-furbish the replaced cylinder to be used as a future planned replacement, or emergency repair unit, as required. We can provide advice on the feasibility of using old cylinders as repair options from both a technical and cost/benefit perspective.
In even the most well planned maintenance regimes, unforeseen catastrophic breakdowns still do occur. For this type of replacement, there are three options:
Where high value units are concerned, then a cylinder repair will almost always be preferred. However, the nature of a catastrophic failure is that it is catastrophic and so it is often the case that a repair will either not be technically feasible, or involve such a large amount of work that a repair makes no economic sense. In such cases, we supply replacement cylinders on an emergency basis.
Replacement cylinders supplied on an emergency basis have severe time constraints put upon them. As such, it is often difficult to fully evaluate all of the design options to look for the type of design improvement opportunities we would normally apply to preventive maintenance type replacements. Like for like is the minimum requirement and The Cylinder Service Centre is set up to provide both cylinder repairs and replacements in as short a lead time as possible to minimise downtime losses.
Whether it be for planned, or emergency maintenance purposes, it often makes sense to keep a certain amount of replacement cylinders in stock. However, this creates a whole new set of problems related to lack of use over time. It may or, may not make sense to have the cylinder fully pressurised while in storage as that pressure may deteriorate during the storage period. For cylinders stored un-filled, or un pressurised, they will need to be filled and pressurised before use and (in many cases) tested.
It is for these reasons that The Cylinder Service Centre also offers a managed storage solution for replacement cylinders. We store the cylinders on site so that when a replacement is required, we can quickly, fill, pressurise, re-inspect and pressure test the unit before shipping. This not only provides peace of mind, but ensures safe operation and potentially an extension of the replacement unit's working life.
If you are evaluating your planned, or preventive maintenance and would like to discuss options on unit specification and/or storage of replacement cylinders, then please get in touch for details and pricing.