By Joni White
If you need anything for your job, the salvage area should
be the first place you look. A visit to Salvage (Bldg. 28) reveals new
treasures on a daily basis, and you never know what you might find.
"We get a lot of unusual items. I am never surprised,
because I have seen everything come through here at one time or another,"
said Alan Conrad, Assistant Property Manager for 13 years. "The running
joke is that when engineers start to see materials they built 25 years ago
showing up here, it can be a good indication that itís almost time for
Alphonso Jones, Alan Conrad and Ed Dumaop, shown
left to right, move a diesel powered generator in the SLAC Salvage
yard. (Photo by Joni White)
Salvage saves the Lab money by making it possible to reuse
many supplies and materials. They are also able to generate money for the
Labís general fund in a couple of ways: through sales of recyclable metals
such as copper, aluminum, brass and stainless steel, and through a
relatively new profit center for Salvage, sales of the old DOE government
vehicles on the Web (http://www.bid4assets.com/).
During FY02, SLAC unloaded some 22 vehicles through this
Web site, and made about $20,000. Leslie Normandin, Property Manager, says
she feels the internet vehicle sales have been fairly successful, with the
average sale returning 17 percent of the original acquisition cost.
Regular shoppers at Salvage know that fresh inventory
items are added daily. Reuse at SLAC is the primary goal for equipment and
materials, so an in-house excess list and a property utilization catalog
of items currently available was recently added to the Web site
You can view all items or search by various categories,
and even see photos of many items.
How to Turn Items In
If you think an item assigned to you is no longer needed
or usable, contact Salvage (Ext. 2329) to arrange for pick-up. You must
submit a form prior to transferring any item to Salvage. Occupational
Health Physics (OHP) will need to survey and sign off on all
material/equipment going to Salvage. If it is something that has little
likelihood of being used again on-site, it will be offered to other
government agencies. Many pieces of equipment have gone to local, city and
state government offices at no charge. These agencies are able to reuse
excess equipment by paying only shipping costs.
If the item is not suitable for reuse at SLAC or by other
agencies, it can then be offered for sale at SLAC, or for donation to a
school or non-profit agency.
The value of having a Salvage Department is understood by
anyone who has had occasion to use their services, whether for temporary
warehouse storage space, or by a researcher who is on a budget and may
need to build a sample prototype. "Research groups do a lot of shopping
here," Conrad said, "They come here and try to find what they need."
Other Property Control staff are Alfonzo Jones, who
collects and sorts the recyclable metals, and Edward Dumaop, who assists
in the Warehouse.