While there’s typically a case for getting dewatering pumps and related gear outright, renting offers so many benefits that it should at all times be given close 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 strong shift in the direction of the rental mannequin. “We began up just seven years in the past and, since then, we’ve had to repeatedly add pumps to our fleet to satisfy ever growing demand from a spread of industries, most especially mining and building,” he states.
“We now have greater than 200 pumps in our rental fleet, able to handle virtually any pumping activity. Our line-up contains submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry and sludge pumps and diesel-driven pumps. We additionally supply dredging systems 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 type of tools that’s required – could be appreciable. “Many firms – notably if they are start-ups or are experiencing tough buying and selling circumstances – merely cannot afford to make this sort of monetary commitment,” he says. “If this is the case, rental is the ideal resolution.”
He points out that purchasing doesn’t make business sense if the gear required is simply used on an intermittent basis. “If you’re going to purchase pumps, for instance, then you should get the maximum utilisation out of them. If you solely have an occasional want for pumping, then I would strongly recommend renting. It is madness to purchase costly gear after which leave it standing for lengthy durations.”
Ownership additionally brings with it the issues of upkeep. Easy have to be maintained and this usually means that individuals with the required competence have to be permanently employed to undertake this activity,” he says. “When you rent from IPR, we offer this service. Our expert and experienced technicians undertake all servicing and upkeep on site on a 24/7 foundation. We also, after all, be certain that machines are in tip-top condition earlier than being sent out to prospects.”
When it comes to pumping, there is no such factor as ‘one dimension suits all’ and Vine says that is one other compelling cause to rent rather than purchase. “IPR can draw from its extraordinarily wide range of pumps and other tools to supply options which may be exactly tailor-made to the customer’s needs. By distinction, we regularly notice that companies that elect to purchase their very own equipment find yourself using pumps which might be completely unsuited to the task at hand. They are utilizing them as a end result of that’s all they have out there.”
By renting from IPR, customers also get the good factor about the latest technology. “Obviously, not every unit in our fleet would be the very latest model however, usually, our inventory consists of new or comparatively new machines providing – amongst other things – glorious gasoline efficiency,” says Vine. “Customers can relaxation assured that we will never provide out-of-date gear that is now not match for purpose.”
While rental is the spine of IPR’s enterprise, the corporate also sells pumps and different gear. It is the only agent in southern Africa for the well-established Atlas Copco diesel-driven pump units as well as the Atlas Copco vary of submersible pumps.
As Vine comments, “We’re certainly not saying that customers should all the time lease. Under the proper circumstances, direct possession of assets similar to pumps can be one of the best path to follow. We recognise this, which is why we’re geared to either lease or promote.”
IPR is based in modern premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg, the place it has a well-equipped engineering workshop which allows it to provide fully customised pumping and dredging options to ISO 9001 requirements.
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