Here's a quick infographic and guide with 7 common parts in food processing equipment that should be in stock for year-end / holiday shut-down maintenance. EMERGENCY 1. Motors: Extra motors can prevent unnecessary emergency shut-downs and lost production. LONG LEAD TIME 2. Agitators: Agitators are custom fabricated to your machine specification, and require longer lead time than typical parts. 3. Cylinders: Make sure you have cylinder back-ups, which can also have long lead times. RECOMMENDED SPARES 4. Safety Switches: Keep extra safety switches in inventory to reduce downtime. 5. Bearings: Mepaco's recommendation for bearings is 1 or 2 back-ups. Check to see if the bearing is a common stock item; if it is not common, plan for longer lead times. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE 6. Shaft Seals: Plan on 2 - 3 seals per shaft, depending on usage. 7. Gaskets: Gaskets are usually sold in bulk by the foot, check your inventory to make sure you have an ample supply. If you want to review your parts needs, contact Monica Planasch, Mepaco's Parts Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org .