If you’re looking to introduce new confectionary making equipment into your food processing facility, it’s important that you make the right choices. But how can you be sure you’re doing so?
Here are five of the key things you need to consider.
1. Long Term Costs/Savings
Whether it’s confectionary panning equipment, cooking equipment, processing machinery, or any other kind of equipment, you need to establish how the savings you’re going to make over time balance out against the upfront and ongoing costs. The upfront costs can be made more palatable with financing options, but you will need to be sure to account for any extra interest you might be paying.
2. Future Capacity For Contracts
Another key thing to consider is how well your new commercial confectionary equipment will be able to handle your plans for growth. Consider the sizes of contracts you’ll be taking on in the near and mid-term future and ensure they’re achievable. If you invest for the long term, it will mean you won’t have to make further infrastructure and machinery investments again so soon.
3. Reliability and Maintenance
Any new equipment introduced into your factory needs to be reliable enough to support your production schedule. All machinery is at risk of breaking down and will occasionally need some maintenance, so it’s also important that your new machinery is built with ease of maintenance in mind. Consider investing in a store of consumable items for quick intervention when needed and maintenance contracts with the OEM to ensure the equipment is regularly inspected and parts replacement before catastrophic failure, ensuring a lifetime of reliable manufacturing.
4. After-Sales Support
Something else to consider is the after-sales support of the manufacturer/representative providing your machinery. You will need after-sales support for a number of different reasons, such as spares, service visits or training. Whatever the need, it’s important that you’re able to contact someone quickly and trust them to get the support you need.
5. Health, Safety & Customer Compliance
As the user, you will be responsible for the H&S implications of any machinery bought into use in your Factory. You need to ensure you have managed this process and all regulations are met and PUWER assessment are complete and remedial actions complete.
Furthermore, you will need to consider your customers code of practice/specifications and ensure the machinery complies with them
With these five key tips in mind, you’re ready to make a valuable and lasting investment in your food procession or production facility. Contact Premier Forrester today to discuss your options.
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