Replacing Bakery Equipment Boosts Employee Morale

Replacing Bakery Equipment Boosts Employee Morale

Your aging, broken-down bakery equipment doesn’t endear your employees to their workplace. It makes them sigh in frustration.

When was the last time you honestly assessed whether your bakery’s commercial equipment was up to the task of meeting daily demand? Is it time to upgrade to new, efficient models? Your employees probably say yes.

Replacing Bakery Equipment Boosts Employee Morale

No One Wants to Use Outdated Tools

Baking is a craft over which a baker has a considerable amount of control. They can select the ingredients, control the mixing method and use their years of experience and effortless skills to create wondrous treats, from puff pastry to layer cakes.

But when it comes to the point where the product has to bake, it’s out of the baker’s hands. They have to trust that their oven is powerful and efficient enough to cook their creation thoroughly and evenly.

This is why it gets frustrating for bakers to continue to depend on outdated bakery equipment. Old machines don’t have the features newer appliances do, and they might not work properly. If your employees are relying on out-of-date appliances, you can bet they’re discouraged.

You’re Spending Too Much on Energy Costs

Another downside to using older machines is the drain on your wallet. They use up more energy, driving up your monthly bills.

Utility rates aren’t getting any cheaper, so energy-efficient, modern machines that operate on less power could instantly help your operational budget.

Stop Bothering with Temporary Repairs

Are you constantly paying for minor repairs that never seem to last? Do you have your service technician’s number in your phone? You’re wasting money if you’re spending it on repairing machines that are past their prime. This is a sure sign it’s time to upgrade rather than stay stuck in the past.

Could You Combine Operations?

Newer bakery equipment allows commercial kitchens to combine two functions into one unit. Your oven could double as a steamer. This would save money, because you’d only have to buy one appliance instead of two, and it would free up valuable prep space in the work area — another benefit for your workers!

Your Employees Will Thank You

Putting a smile on your employees’ faces will translate to smiling customers. Your staff will thank you when you make sure their work environment is fully functional, beautiful and smartly designed.

Stratton Sales is here to help you become boss of the year by providing high-quality bakery equipment. We also offer low-interest financing. Get your outdated ovens, proofers and mixers replaced — call us today!

Ventilation in Your Bakery

How to Improve Ventilation in Your Bakery 

You might need to improve ventilation in your bakery if it gets too hot too often. Does smoke and steam hang in the air? Can you barely breathe after a couple of hours on the job? A lack of air circulation can make your ovens your worst enemy.

Beyond your comfort level, consider whether your bakery kitchen is meeting building code regulations. Also, too much humidity in the air can affect how dough responds, influencing the outcome of your products.

Ventilation in Your Bakery

Try the tips below to improve ventilation in your bakery.

Design it Right

If you’re designing a bakery kitchen, make ventilation one of your top priorities. An experienced design consultant or commercial HVAC expert can help ensure each appliance is perfectly aligned with a well-functioning ventilation system.

Push Appliances Against the Wall

When you eliminate air gaps, no hot air can get trapped between the appliance and the wall. This helps get the air flowing in one direction, into the exhaust system. Beyond helping to lower the room’s temperature, this is also helps your appliances last longer.

Use Fans

Place fans strategically throughout the kitchen to help with air circulation. Also use exhaust fans and vent hoods to help pull the heat and humidity out of your workspace. Consult with a professional to make sure you get the right size for your space and your appliances. Frequently, regulations about exhaust and fan systems are written into local codes, so before choosing your equipment, be sure you familiarize yourself with any requirements your area may have.

Educate Workers

Teach your bakery workers the signs of heatstroke. Ensure they take regularly scheduled breaks and drink plenty of water, especially if temperatures outdoors are hotter than indoors.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Schedule regular cleaning of all ventilation equipment, from range hoods to the ductwork behind the walls. Grease and grime can interfere with the proper function of exhaust systems, and it’s a fire hazard as well. A professional service can remove all the buildup.

We Have the Experience to Help

Ultimately, when you improve ventilation in your bakery kitchen, you’re improving appliance performance and helping your workers stay comfortable.

At Stratton Sales, we’re not just about selling commercial bakery equipment. We also help bakeries large and small with layout, design and installation. From local building code to health regulations, we know the standards you need to meet for top performance. Improve ventilation in your bakery — call us today.