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    Posted by Caitlin Whan on 22 February 2022

    Food Processing Technology

    Importance of spare parts for food processing equipment

    The Importance of Spare Parts in the Food Processing Industry

    In the food processing industry, the last thing you need is a breakdown on your production line. It not only impacts your bottom line, but can also put your food safety at risk.

    That’s why it’s important to keep your machines backed up with a supply of food processing equipment parts. Keep reading to learn more about why you need to keep spare parts on hand and how they can save you in the long-run.

    Overview

    What kind of spare parts?

    When we talk about spare parts, we could be referring to replacement parts but also consumable parts, like ammunition for Accles & Shelvoke captive bolt stunners for instance.

    Most commonly ordered parts at FPE

    At FPE, the most commonly ordered spare parts come from the following brands:

    This is because these brands supply whizard trimmers, skinners and cattle stunning tools – products that an abattoir uses day in day out. They are fundamental to the production process, which is why they are the most common in our range of equipment.

    Why should you keep spare parts on hand?

    There are a number of reasons why it’s important to keep a supply of food processing equipment parts available. We’ve listed some of these below:

    Production line efficiency & reduced downtime

    Having replacement parts immediately available when another part malfunctions or wears out can significantly reduce your downtime. The equipment may only be out of action for an hour or so, instead of days or even weeks.

    Better client/customer relationships

    Too much machine downtime can result in supply issues to your customers and their end consumers. Minimise this downtime by always having a healthy supply of spare parts, which will ensure you meet your delivery deadlines and, in turn, keep your clients and customers satisfied.

    How many spare parts do you need?

    In today’s climate, we highly recommend holding at least a month’s supply of spare parts. The last couple of years have been unpredictable, and given the current supply chain issues due to COVID-19, it’s always best to be prepared. That’s why you really shouldn’t leave ordering your essential spare parts to the last minute, or waiting till you’re low on stock.

    COVID-19 supply issues

    Since the beginning, COVID-19 has put a strain on national supply chains – especially because of restrictions and the higher demand of consumers. However, in the last few months, high numbers caused by the Omicron variant have created even more issues. 

    As the cases rise, there is a significant number of transport, distribution and on-site workers who are sick or required to isolate. In particular, unions have said that up to 50% of truck drivers at some companies are out of action. Chicken-processing plants have also been severely affected by staff shortages. Inghams, one of Australia’s largest poultry suppliers, had to halt production of some of their items – resulting in a predicted loss of $100 million in sales this quarter.

    How to order food processing spare parts

    Ordering food processing equipment parts from FPE is easy. For Australia, simply email (tims@fpe.net.au or martinh@fpe.net.au) or call our customer service team (08 8262 5300). For New Zealand customers, you can email nzreception@fpe.net.au or call our customer service team (07 850 4175).

    For our Eagle X-Ray food inspection customers, we have a 24-hour helpline available due to the critical nature of the work these machines do  

    Provided that the part is in stock, and is ordered before 3pm, we can dispatch that same day. So you can be rest assured it won’t be long before your production line is back at peak performance.

    How are spare parts fitted?

    If you have an in-house maintenance team, they will be able to easily install and replace your spare parts. But the team at FPE is also just a phone call away if they need help. 

    Alternatively, our technicians can come on site if needed. They’re experts in food processing maintenance, especially preventive maintenance! So they can guide your team on how to take care of your machinery and regularly check it.


    And there you have it, a quick explanation of why having spare parts on hand is so important!

    At FPE, we’re more than just a supplier of food processing equipment – which is why we offer both our spare parts and food processing maintenance services. We also want to ensure your machinery has a long and healthy life, and is performing at its best—so that your food business can perform at its best. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our experienced team.

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