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Mepaco Parts Status Update: Just-In-Time VS. Just-In-Case

Updated 4/1/21

An uptick in the manufacturing economy, reduction of COVID restrictions, COVID vaccine availability and the Suez Canal crisis have made material sourcing and parts management unpredictable.

Apache’s material supply in stainless sheet and plate are produced in the United States. Pipes, fittings, and electrical components are often produced overseas. Further, some components such as motors and gear boxes may require parts from foreign suppliers to manufacture their products.

In 2020, many material suppliers and component manufacturers depleted inventory to manage budget during shutdowns and slow economic conditions.  Now, these businesses are scrambling with staff and resources to support demand.

Apache is being proactive with all sourcing solutions.  We are working closely to leverage our relationships and buying power with vendors to manage our sourcing needs.  We are looking into other supply partners and manufacturers with flexibility and less dependency on foreign manufacturers.

We do not know when the situation will normalize, but we can offer our expertise and advise.  If you haven’t done so already, switch from a “Just-In-Time” parts program to a “Just-In-Case” program.  Make sure you have long lead items in your parts inventory, so you don’t experience downtime in your critical operations.

Long Lead Time Parts:

  • Agitators
  • Cylinders
  • Motors
  • Gear Motors
  • Gear Boxes

Please note that even short lead time components are at risk of delays.


For more information, please contact parts@apachestainless.com or call 920-356-7347.
 


Tech Tip Download: 3 Seal Trouble Signs

Mepaco's Field Services team have developed a quick-read download on the seal trouble signs that our technicians see in food processing plants. Also Learn about and compare Mepaco recommended seals commonly used on our equipment. 

Download the Tech Paper to learn about the Top 3 Seal trouble signs and what to do to fix them:

1. Product escapes or purges out of the seal

2. Downstream food contamination

3. Loss of vacuum

Our techs make hundreds of service calls to troubleshoot and make repairs to seals on all types of food processing equipment and in many applications.  If you have any questions or have seal related issues, give Joe Hertel a call in Mepaco Field Services at 920-356-7334.

DOWNLOAD TECH SHEET


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