Perspectives: Plant InSites

Processing Equipment: Does Early Ordering Make Sense?

Consider the option for long-lead-time equipment but also its risks.

By Andrew Sloley, Contributing Editor
Aug 24, 2016

Long delivery times easily can imperil plant projects and maintenance. Specialized equipment may have relatively few reliable manufacturers — and, thus, involve lengthy lead times. Meanwhile, industry consolidation has reduced the number of capable suppliers for some types of commonplace equipment (pumps, for example), again impacting the speed of delivery. So, ordering equipment before a plant knows exactly what’s needed may offer advantages. However, early ordering comes with tradeoffs. Table 1 lists some of the benefits and concerns.

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