While there’s typically a case for buying dewatering pumps and related equipment outright, renting presents so many benefits that it should at all times be given shut 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 robust shift towards the rental mannequin. “We started up just seven years in the past and, since then, we’ve had to repeatedly add pumps to our fleet to fulfill ever growing demand from a spread of industries, most particularly mining and development,” he states.
“We now have greater than 200 pumps in our rental fleet, capable of handle nearly any pumping activity. Our line-up consists of submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry and sludge pumps and diesel-driven pumps. We additionally offer dredging systems and hydro mining solutions.”

Vine believes that one of many prime advantages of renting is that it eliminates the necessity for upfront capital expenditure, which – relying on the kind of equipment that is required – may be appreciable. “Many companies – significantly if they are start-ups or are experiencing robust buying and selling circumstances – merely can not afford to make this kind of monetary dedication,” he says. “If that is the case, rental is the ideal answer.”

He points out that purchasing doesn’t make business sense if the gear required is just used on an intermittent foundation. “If you’re going to buy pumps, for instance, then you have to get the maximum utilisation out of them. If you only have an occasional want for pumping, then I would strongly advocate renting. It is madness to buy expensive tools after which depart it standing for lengthy durations.”

Ownership also brings with it the issues of upkeep. pressure gauge 10 bar need to be maintained and this normally signifies that individuals with the required competence need to be permanently employed to undertake this process,” he says. “When you lease from IPR, we provide this service. Our skilled and experienced technicians undertake all servicing and upkeep on site on a 24/7 basis. We additionally, in fact, ensure that machines are in tip-top condition before being sent out to prospects.”

When it comes to pumping, there is no such factor as ‘one measurement fits all’ and Vine says that is one other compelling purpose to lease somewhat than purchase. “IPR can draw from its extraordinarily big selection of pumps and different gear to offer solutions which would possibly be precisely tailor-made to the customer’s wants. By distinction, we frequently discover that corporations that elect to purchase their own equipment find yourself utilizing pumps which would possibly be totally unsuited to the task at hand. They are utilizing them as a result of that’s all they have available.”

By renting from IPR, prospects additionally get the benefit of the newest expertise. “Obviously, not each unit in our fleet will be the very newest model but, usually, our inventory consists of recent or relatively new machines providing – amongst other things – wonderful gas efficiency,” says Vine. “Customers can relaxation assured that we’ll never supply out-of-date equipment that is no longer fit for purpose.”

While rental is the spine of IPR’s business, the corporate additionally sells pumps and other gear. It is the solely real agent in southern Africa for the well-established Atlas Copco diesel-driven pump sets as well as the Atlas Copco range of submersible pumps.
As Vine comments, “We’re definitely not saying that prospects should all the time rent. Under the right circumstances, direct possession of property similar to pumps may be one of the best path to follow. We recognise this, which is why we are geared to either hire or sell.”

IPR relies in fashionable premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg, the place it has a well-equipped engineering workshop which permits it to provide absolutely customised pumping and dredging options to ISO 9001 standards.
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