Food Processing Equipment - Is it time for an upgrade?

The idea of a food processing facility full of the newest, shiniest, most efficient equipment is what all food processing companies dream of. The reality is, unless you're building a new processing plant from the ground up, all of your food processing equipment isn't likely to still be shiny and new. If you've been processing for a while you're likely dealing with an aging facility and equipment. Working within a budget means having to prioritize the purchase of one piece of equipment over the other. When deciding where to begin replacing equipment processors are faced with considering production schedules, space constraints, technology, food safety, and efficiency. For some it's making the decision to  add a new piece of equipment that increases processing efficiency or swapping out equipment to increase food safety. 

So, when it comes to prioritizing which piece of processing equipment to replace, how do you decide when it's time for an equipment upgrade? 

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1. It's not meeting today's hygienic design standards - If your equipment was purchased before there was much education or emphasis on hygienic design there is a good chance it won't meet today's hygienic standards. Yes, it might still technically work, but there is a possibility it's a production cycle away from causing a nationwide recall of your processed product. Take a look at your equipment for harbourage areas, porous materials, and areas of pooling water. If they exist, the equipment likely does not abide by today's hygienic design standards. It's time to reach out to CMP to talk about upgrading the equipment.

2. It's not reliable - Is your equipment broken down more often than it is operational? Or is the equipment being refurbished on a regular basis? Track machine downtime and the costs associated with hiring maintenance crews to perform work on a regular basis.  Compare these costs with the price of a new piece of equipment and you might be surprised at how reasonable a new piece of equipment will be. Reach out to a member of our Technical Sales team to chat about your budget and equipment needs.

3. Your equipment is obsolete - With every new iteration and innovation, your ancient food processing equipment becomes less and less relevant. Advances in technology have rendered many pieces of older food processing equipment obsolete. Products have moved from manual to automated, from basic models to all bells and whistles being standard, among numerous other innovations. When parts for your equipment have been discontinued and or your equipment is no longer being manufactured, it's time to upgrade. 

4. It requires a significant amount of labour - Reducing labour costs associated with cleaning, operating, and maintenance is always a top priority for food processors. If you're operating old equipment that requires a significant amount of hands on labour from your employees during processing, cleaning and maintenance it's time to seek out alternative options. Whatever your goal, CMP can work with you to find solutions that are easy to clean, require less manual operators and less general maintenance.  These common pain points of your aged equipment can become a thing of that past.

5. It's slowing down production - Aging equipment is a not as efficient as equipment designed and manufactured today. Production rates have steadily increased over the years and old equipment cannot keep up. If you're noticing a specific piece of your food processing equipment is slowing down your production line, it's time to consider a more efficient option. 

6. The equipment is an ergonomic nightmare - People come in all shapes and sizes. So assuming processing equipment is one-size-fits-all will leave you with employees who are not only uncomfortable performing their tasks, but also at-risk of developing a work related injury. CMP will work with you to customize your food processing equipment with adjustable ergonomic stands to keep your employees happy and safe.

So, if you have aging equipment and you're not sure where to begin the replacement process reach out to CMP, we keep food safe.