Packing machines for bread bagging , HFW ( Horizontal flow wrap machine ) machines (for biscuits , cakes , cookies and wafers ), vertical pouch sealing machines and other accessories like carton sealing machines . Packing machines has got large number of spares and these has to be replaced regularly as they get worn out .
Packaging machine once installed by OEMs( Original equipment manufacturer ) requires constant supply of spares for smooth functioning of machines , for which spares are to be imported from OEMS in bulk and kept in stock as inventory .
Imports of these spares sometimes leads to stock out situation and production loss , as imports of material involves documents , dealing with several agencies like freight forwarder , transporters , custom authorities etc .Another major problem is lots of clarification and memos to be sent to OEMS on part specifications or material are returned due to wrong interpretation of serial numbers or part numbers . Damages in transit are frequent , even loss in transit are reported for many smaller parts .
To cut down over dependence on off shore supplier and eliminate production loss due to unavailability of spares one needs to develop a strategy to gradually replaces packing machines spares locally . These would require plant engineers and technician to
- Select critical spares and check whether these can be substituted
- Develop a close relation ship with work shop and bear cost of development
- Selection of material is important and try to match the exact material specification
- Don't sacrifice quality over cost .
Some Parts which can substituted in packaging machines
- Carrier Lugs
- Electrical switch gears
- Pneumatic valves and cylinder
- Fabricated parts
- Conveyor belts
- Rubber Rollers
Its always beneficial to develop local suppliers for imported packaging machines or other major bakery equipments.Its highly recommended to check whether the packing machine supplier has any local service representative or not .