When you run a business that processes food in any way – from preparing to cooking to selling – then your food machinery is always going to be extremely important. In fact, without it your business would not be able to survive, and all the hard work and money you have put into it will have been for nothing.
That’s why food machinery maintenance is so vital; keeping your food machinery in tip top condition is what will keep your business moving forward. As long as you can provide your customers with that they need, you are most of the way to success. Read on for more information about food machinery maintenance and why you need to take it so seriously.
When your food machinery is not kept clean and well maintained you run a huge number of risks. One of these, of course, is not being able to do the work that your business is meant to do, and that is bad enough, but there are other problems too.
Without proper maintenance, worn parts, broken parts, debris (such as flaking paint or rust), and dirt in general can all contaminate the food that you are preparing. This can be a big health risk, causing illness and creating a safety hazard. Imagine how this would impact your business and the people who trust you to prepare their food. It would have a devastating result.
Reactive maintenance is one option open to you if you have food machinery. This means fixing problems once they have already taken place. It can be cost effective in the sense that you will only need to pay for what actually needs to be done, but that isn’t always the case; sometimes, the damage that needs to be dealt with will be extremely expensive, possibly even resulting in a new piece of machinery. It may have been cheaper (and less disruptive) to have a maintenance regime in place which would have spotted the problem and fixed it before it became serious.
Proactive maintenance takes time, and it takes organisation, which is why some business owners prefer to work on a more reactive system. Yet this can cost them a lot more than working on smaller problems ever would.
Not only that, but proactive maintenance allows employees to take more responsibility for the food machinery they are tasked with using. They will get into the habit of ensuring everything is cleaned down at the end of the day, and they will start to understand just how the machinery works, allowing them to notice sooner rather than later when there is a problem.
Understanding how the machines that are used in your business work is important, of course – it helps not only with maintenance but with proper usage too (and that will mean the machines will last longer anyway). However, there will be times when expert help is needed.
Make sure you have a trusted third party on hand to assess and repair your food machinery quickly and efficiently when need be. If you don’t have someone you can trust on standby already, take some time to research good companies so that, when the time comes, you know immediately who to call.