Alternative Components- Guide to sourcing alternative electronics components

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A factory spares management system involves managing the inventory of spare parts needed to maintain and repair equipment and machinery in a factory. Here are some key elements of a typical spares management system, ‘occasionally this involves sourcing alternative electronics component parts or even commissioning bespoke parts:


what is involved in a factory spares management system

Inventory control: The system should keep track of the quantity, location, and availability of spare parts. This includes monitoring stock levels, tracking usage, and replenishing inventory as needed.

Cataloguing: All spare parts should be properly catalogued and classified based on part number, manufacturer, supplier, and other relevant details. This helps in the easy identification and ordering of parts.

Procurement: The system should have a process for procuring spare parts, including selecting suppliers, negotiating pricing, and placing orders.

Warehousing: The spare parts should be stored in a safe and secure warehouse facility. The warehouse should be organized and labelled in a way that allows for easy retrieval of parts.

Maintenance: The system should have a plan for maintaining spare parts, including periodic inspection and replacement of parts that have exceeded their shelf life.

Tracking: The system should track the usage of spare parts, including recording when parts are used, which equipment they were used on, and the reason for the replacement.

Analysis: The system should have reporting capabilities that allow for the analysis of inventory levels, usage trends, and other key performance indicators.


Overall, a well-managed spares management system helps ensure that the factory has the spare parts it needs to keep production running smoothly and efficiently. If you are unsure about sourcing a particular component – speak to one of our technical team who will be able to provide help and guidance on the existing stock items and availability as well as provide the steps involved in commissioning custom electronic components.


What to consider when commissioning custom electronics

Commissioning custom electronics involves designing and building electronics that are tailored to specific requirements or specifications.


Here are some key considerations when commissioning custom electronics:

Functionality: The first consideration is whether the electronics will be able to perform the required functions as per the specifications.

Compatibility: The custom electronics must be compatible with the other components of the system, such as sensors, power supplies, or actuators.

Performance: The electronics must meet the desired performance metrics, such as speed, accuracy, resolution, or power consumption.

Environmental factors: The electronics must be designed to operate in the environmental conditions where they will be used. This includes considerations such as temperature, humidity, vibration, or dust.

Regulatory compliance: The custom electronics must meet any relevant regulatory standards or certifications that apply to the application or industry.

Safety: The electronics must be designed to ensure the safety of users and operators, with appropriate insulation, grounding, or protection against electrical hazards.

Maintenance: The custom electronics must be designed with ease of maintenance in mind, with features such as modular construction, easy access to components, or diagnostics capabilities.

Cost: Finally, the cost of the custom electronics must be taken into consideration, including the design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing costs, as well as any ongoing maintenance or support costs.

By carefully considering these factors, it is possible to commission custom electronics that meet the specific needs of a particular application or system, while ensuring reliability, safety, and cost-effectiveness.


reasons to locate alternative electronics parts:

Original parts specified in a design can be expensive or difficult to find, and it can be more cost-effective to use an alternative that performs the same function.

Watlow-heating parts and Cartridge heating



Alternative parts are the solution if you are struggling to locate original parts are simply not available. This might be due to production issues, discontinued parts, or simply a shortage of supply.



In some cases, an alternative part might actually perform better than the original. This might be due to improvements in technology, a different design approach, or simply a better match for the specific requirements of the application.

Control products for improved efficiencies in renewables, wind, heat-pumps, PID control of Solar Panels



Occasionally, it may be necessary to use an alternative part because the original is not compatible with other components in the system. This could be due to differences in voltage or current ratings, physical size constraints, or other factors.

Controllers for RS485 networks



Sometimes, an alternative part might be used to customize a design for a specific application. This might involve using a part with a different form factor, higher durability, or other features that are not available in the original parts.


Factory spares:

Often parts are required for old systems and custom alternative electronics are the answer to completing an otherwise well-managed inventory and factory spares management system.

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