As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, food processors are struggling to keep up with increased demand. Not only are people eating at home rather than at restaurants, but they’re stocking up on certain types of products, like frozen pizza and snacks.
In an effort to keep grocery store shelves stocked, many processors are doing everything they can to keep their production lines running. If your company is in this group, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure you have critical spare parts on hand — items like motors and other mechanical parts.
Preparing now will help you weather any inventory shortages in the future. While OEMs for food processing equipment are classified as essential businesses under the “critical manufacturing” category, it’s possible that they may need to halt production because of the virus. Even if production doesn’t shut down entirely, it may slow down (if it hasn’t already) so that workers can maintain a safe distance from one another. This means that spare parts — particularly mechanical parts — may get harder to come by.
There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, and things are changing rapidly. If you haven’t taken stock of your critical spare parts recently, now’s the time to do so. By making sure you have the parts you need on hand, you’ll be better able to keep your lines running.
We recommend you check your spare parts inventory to identify any gaps. We can source parts for a wide range of bakery equipment, including from the Kaak Group (Benier, DrieM, MCS, Daub, Kaak FPS, and Kaak Spirals), Senius Food Equipment (as well as Danish Food Equipment and Meincke ovens), Form & Frys, and Apple Food Systems. Contact us for more information.