One of the pivotal decisions in any business is deciding when to scale. When it comes to scaling your industrial bakery equipment, there are several factors to consider. Artisan Capital Partners has experience in the process and can provide not only the industrial baking equipment you will need, but also insight into what to expect. As you weigh your options for scaling your business, here are a few signs it may be time to consider upgrading your baking production line.
Your equipment is becoming harder to repair
Industrial equipment is subject to a great deal of daily wear and tear. A major equipment failure or regular breakdowns over time can indicate it may be time to consider retiring your equipment. In any production line, replacing equipment is an ordeal that can impact the smooth operation of your business, but if you cannot find the parts to repair your equipment, or a skilled person with expertise in your particular equipment to repair it, the time and expense of replacement may be unavoidable. Purchasing used and refurbished bakery equipment can be a very effective way to mitigate the costs of replacement. Be sure to consider a supplier that offers a 90 day parts and labor warranty, so they can assist with any immediate repairs, should the need arise.
Your equipment can’t keep up with demand
As you grow your business, you will inevitably face the exciting but stressful issue of meeting the increased demand for your product. Scaling from a small bakery operation to a medium or large one means finding new equipment to accommodate your goal of greater product output to meet your customer’s needs. Depending on the age and condition of your equipment, you may consider selling or trading it in for a production line that better fits your growing business. Additionally, in the time required to remove your old equipment and install the new equipment, you can take the opportunity to similarly scale any teams, strategies, and protocols that also could benefit from growth and revision.
Your equipment is not as up-to-date as it could be
There are continual innovations in every field, and industrial baking equipment is no exception. Though the technologies involved in the food industry have previously been considered low-tech and slow-changing, there is a new drive by manufacturers to meet the desire of food producers to explore new technologies. From increasingly automated bakery production lines to equipment that can keep pace with consumer trends like specialty bread or locally-sourced, whole ingredients, there are many new equipment options you can explore. It can be an exciting project to trade in old, inefficient equipment for easy-to-use, advanced technologies that can quickly and dramatically impact the way your business operates.