Alfa Laval genuine spare parts bring peace of mind at sea Marine engineering, UK Case story Stuart Bott Senior Marine Engineer, UK Senior Marine Engineer Stuart Bott has spent 25 years at sea. In all that time, one thing has been constant: his experience with Alfa Laval genuine spare parts. “When you’re at sea, you’re fairly much on your own,” says Bott, who has worked on naval vessels, commercial tankers and cruise ships. “There’s nobody there, so you have to be able to maintain and to problem-solve.” For Bott, both maintenance and problem-solving require having the right resources for onboard equipment, in the form of Alfa Laval genuine spare parts. Performance now and over time According to Bott, working with genuine spare parts isn’t only about solving the issue of the moment. It’s about achieving the lowest possible lifecycle cost for the equipment, which may serve a vessel for decades. “You need to fix your own equipment and machinery,” Bott says, “to keep the service level on board for a good 20 to 30 years.” In his experience, Alfa Laval genuine spare parts secure the performance and reliability promised when the equipment was new – throughout the equipment’s lifetime. Original parts for the perfect match Bott explains that it takes more than a brand label or even a warranty to make a spare part genuine. It has to come from the OEM. “You can’t buy genuine spare parts from anyone else,” Bott says. The reason is that they need to be made exactly to the original specifications and tolerances. “Genuine spare parts have the advantage that they’re specifically made for the machine you’re using.” Withstanding tough application environments Part of being made for the machine, says Bott, is being made from exactly the right material. An Alfa Laval gasket, for example, might look like any other to the naked eye. But the compounds it comprises have been researched – or specially engineered – for performance by Alfa Laval experts.
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