Repairs: In-House or Outsourced?

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Very few expenses escape the critical eye of the budget-cutters. Equipment repairs by in-house maintenance staff can be under more scrutiny than other aspects of business, even though maintenance tasks are essential for preserving a budget and saving money long-term.

At one time, facilities assigned maintenance tasks to internal staff, but this has changed. Now, outsourcing equipment repairs to the manufacturer or a specialized repair house is considered a more budget-conscious choice for many facilities.

Pumps, valves and similar equipment can be maintained by an outside vendor, allowing for a smaller maintenance staff in-house.

Expertise also comes into play: there are hundreds (if not thousands) of equipment models and manufacturers. It’s tough for an individual maintenance person to have a comprehensive knowledge of every maintenance manuals and be skilled technicians for every model. Outsourcing can mean that an expert repairs specialized equipment, while in-house technicians can focus on daily tasks.

If you're interested in learning more about services CSI provides to help make maintenance easier, read CSI Pursues Modern Approach to Service and Repair, which describes how Central States Industrial uses targeted solutions for pump repairs.

For more information on our abilities, check out CSI's Service and Repair page, which provides details regarding all service and repair capabilities.


Central States Industrial Equipment (CSI) is a leader in distribution of hygienic pipe, valves, fittings, pumps, heat exchangers, and MRO supplies for hygienic industrial processors, with four distribution facilities across the U.S. CSI also provides detail design and execution for hygienic process systems in the food, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and personal care industries. Specializing in process piping, system start-ups, and cleaning systems, CSI leverages technology, intellectual property, and industry expertise to deliver solutions to processing problems. More information can be found at