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Budget busting repair bills

Maintenance and repair bills can often be unexpected and costly. PowerPlant Services’ approach is to work with you to help forecast

upcoming costs and keep you prepared. In any business sector, facilities managers will always be tasked with the issue of bringing together the most efficient pricing strategy available with top-end products that will offer value for money across an impressive lifespan.

However, with tighter and tighter budgets, FMs are often compromising longevity and service for the short term gains of low- priced products. While this may look good come the end of the financial year, in the long term, opting for immediate price-savings can actually prove extremely costly by the time a product has reached the end of its life expectancy.

An open and honest

approach A diligent approach to financial savings gains value for money through a more holistic approach, encouraged by longerterm maintenance agreements. As an efficient and successful alternative to standard practice, PowerPlant Services aim to offer an open and

honest approach to maintenance services, building partnerships with customers that lead to trusting relationships in the long term. The cost benefits of this kind of approach are particularly impressive, encouraging productive partnerships that minimise and regulate service and maintenance outlays.

This practice is particularly relevant to equipment and services essential to the smooth running of your business. Specialising in performance essential products, PowerPlant Services has been trading since 1978 and has grown into one of the industry’s most respected providers of generator, fire pump and Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) maintenance and repair solutions. With success stemming from a pride in customer care, a focused approach forms the backbone of the company’s philosophy.

Though the decision to offer a forward-thinking approach to maintenance and servicing may set them apart from their competitors, PowerPlant Services would not be able to implement such a cost-effective and holistic approach without a skilled and personable taskforce. Proper preventative maintenance should do exactly what it is meant to do and help ensure that there are no breakdowns between service visits and that the equipment is as


reliable as it can be. To enforce this aim, engineers are not incentivised to find work, meaning that decisions regarding replacements and repairs are only based on genuine faults and manufacturers’ recommendations.

Forecasting future costs For companies trying to drive true value within their operations and procurement, looking at maintenance with a long term view (preferably over five years or more) can help FMs budget for future requirements. Traditional procurement methods do not allow for innovative ways of looking at the on-going costs of generator maintenance and more often than not, procurement decisions are made on the cost of a service visit, meaning that due consideration is not always given to the costs of repairs and the replacement of consumable parts.

Taking into account the lifespan

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