Buying food packaging machinery is a big decision due to two reasons. First, industrial packaging machinery is very expensive, and it will show on financial statements for many years. Second, your production quality and quantity depend on your choice of the machinery. If the machinery does not turn out according to your requirements and expectations, your production will get a blow. Therefore, you should consider many aspects before deciding to buy a piece of machinery. Following are the 3 points to consider before buying food packaging machinery.
- Consider the Cost and Price
The first thing that comes to the mind of a buyer is the price, and many people make the mistake of assuming that the cost is equal to the price. In fact, the price only describes the amount that you pay at the time of purchase. The cost, on the other hand, includes the cost of maintaining and keeping the machinery in the prime running state. A machine might have a high price but a low cost thus resulting in less cost of ownership (TCO).
Because the food packaging machinery is a long-term investment, it is necessary to consider the expected life of the machinery. If machine A has a price 50 percent higher than machine B but its life expectancy is 200 percent, machine B is actually cheaper. Additionally, machine B might be able to produce more number of units and with greater accuracy. Consider all these factors while purchasing the machinery.
- Support and Training
Every food packaging machinery needs skilled people to operate and customer support for repair and maintenance. Evaluate the quality of support that your machine manufacturer provides. See if they help you train your staff in operating machinery. These factors are of great importance and smooth production of your products depends on it.