How to Strategize for Equipment Materials Shortages

Materials shortages have reached the processing equipment industry. Anyone who has embarked on a home renovation recently knows that raw materials like plywood are scarce. Process equipment manufacturers are seeing similar shortages in materials like tubing and sheets of stainless steel.

Food processing facilities that are planning for capital expenditures in the coming months should be aware that many components are experiencing delays of up to three times the standard delivery length due to these materials shortages.

Nationally and abroad, stainless steel mills are having a hard time accessing the raw material needed to produce sheets typically used for the manufacture of processing equipment components.

The reasons for these materials shortages are many. In 2020, the pandemic caused a decrease in orders for stainless steel and its raw material, causing distributors to decrease their stocks. Inventories have not recovered to pre-pandemic levels and yet orders have started to dramatically increase in the meantime as business is better across all industries. Other issues like mill strikes, idled plants and shipping delays have compounded the situation.

Caloris subsidiary and fabrication facility Seitz Stainless has been taking steps to mitigate the effects of these materials shortages.

“We have a sound inventory of stainless steel materials,” said Scott Christman, General Manager at Seitz. “While most materials are usually ordered per specific job, we have been building our materials inventory to meet our customers’ needs during this challenging time.”

To further prevent these shortages from causing a delay in anticipated equipment deliveries, Caloris recommends companies place equipment orders well in advance of the date by which they must have the equipment installed on-site. This will allow for early ordering of any long-lead items to accommodate the increased delivery schedule.

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Caloris transforms process systems design for the better with unexpected, future-focused solutions that solve real operational problems. We engineer efficient, dependable and productive solutions that also improve environmental sustainability where practical. Designed with the end user in mind to drive plant productivity. Caloris offers evaporation, membrane filtration and spray drying process systems for food and dairy industries, as well as for water reuse and wastewater treatment applications. Both Caloris’ custom and pre-engineered packaged systems are designed to meet our customers’ specific concentration/purification needs utilizing the most cost effective and energy efficient technologies available. Whether concentrating dairy, food or juice products at a high-volume production facility, or processing industrial wastewaters to reduce transportation and treatment costs and recover re-usable water, Caloris provides a range of options and technologies.