When Your Bakery Equipment Breaks Down — Repair or Replace

When Your Bakery Equipment Breaks Down — Repair or Replace?

Deciding to repair or replace your bakery equipment is not an easy choice to make. Your mixers, ovens, proofers, and sheeters represent a significant investment in your business — perhaps the largest single-dollar purchase you make in the course of running a bakery or commercial kitchen.

So how do you decide when you’re done with repairs and it’s time to start shopping for replacements?

When Your Bakery Equipment Breaks Down — Repair or Replace

Is Your Commercial Kitchen Equipment Safe?

As long as your commercial mixers, ovens, dough dividers, dough proofers and bread slicers do not pose any safety risk to you or your staff, you may not have to replace them just yet.

Does Your Bakery Equipment Still Produce?

Has your production suffered any drop-offs? When you can no longer produce at the same rate, this can directly affect your bottom line. Your equipment could be costing you more than you think.

Can You Still Get Parts for Your Equipment?

How easy is it to get replacement parts for your bakery equipment? If your repair technician struggles constantly to source your parts, it may be time to consider replacement.

Does Your Equipment Still Meet Your Needs?

Do you have the bakery equipment you need to make what’s on your menu? If you’ve adapted over the years to make less-than-ideal equipment work for your needs, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

How Much Are You Spending on Repairs?

Although we have no hard-and-fast formula to answer this question, we often recommend our customers look at it as they would a used car. How long do you keep pouring money into repairs when the equipment is hardly worth what the repairs cost? You can do a cost analysis yourself, but getting input from a trusted manufacturer and distributor can help ensure your calculations are accurate and up-to-date.

How Can You Put Off Replacing Your Industrial Kitchen Equipment?

To ensure your industrial kitchen and bakery equipment lasts as long as possible, start out with a good foundation. Purchase the very best equipment, even if it stretches your budget a bit.

Remember, spending a little more upfront can save you time, money and hassle for years to come.

The second way to ensure your bakery equipment remains in good working condition for as long as possible is to have regular preventive maintenance and repairs performed by a qualified professional.

In addition to providing the highest-quality industrial kitchen equipment available today, Stratton Sales also offers commercial baking equipment repair and maintenance services. A highly respected industry leader in northern Utah, we are committed to exceptional customer service and satisfaction. Contact us today for help in determining whether you should repair or replace your commercial restaurant or industrial bakery equipment.

Commercial Bakery Equipment Layout & Floorplan Tips

If you’re designing a new commercial bakery equipment layout — or updating your old floorplan — the decisions you make now can affect your productivity and profitability for years (or even decades) to come.

Industrial engineers spend years learning the theory and practice of space planning for the foodservice industry, and you can expect to pay for that experience if you call on one to assist you with your equipment layout. You could save a little money by purchasing a floorplan online, or you could place your trust in someone who knows the industry inside and out — your commercial kitchen equipment supplier.

Commercial Bakery Equipment Layout & Floorplan Tips

Using a Commercial Bakery Equipment Planning Consultant

Large, multinational corporations use industrial engineers and space-planning consultants to design their commercial kitchens, but the cost can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

For most startups and smaller commercial bakery operations, this expense simply isn’t practical, as nice as it might be to have. Many independent bakery owners also find that industrial consultants lack a clear understanding of their challenges as a locally owned and operated business.

Purchasing a Commercial Bakery Equipment Layout

A quick internet search will turn up dozens of commercial kitchen planning programs and hundreds of pre-existing commercial kitchen plans.

Although this can be a great source of ideas for you, you’ll want to think twice before you break out your credit card. These plans can cost as much as $5,000 or more, and having changes made will add to the cost.

Because every bakery’s space is unique, the chances are slim that one of those plans can work for you without modification. Your local building department likely also has unique requirements, so if you will be submitting your equipment layout to the city for a permit, you could be wasting your money on a pre-drawn floorplan.

Call on Your Commercial Bakery Equipment Sales Consultant

You could shell out a little money or a lot of money — or you could save yourself all that expense and trust someone who knows the answers better than anyone else — a bakery equipment sales expert.

Bakery and restaurant equipment suppliers know the industry better than anyone. Not only can your sales consultant help you select the right commercial ovens, dough proofers and dividers, commercial mixers and bread slicers, but they can also provide invaluable input for your floorplan and equipment layout.

But here’s the best part — many industrial kitchen equipment suppliers will assist you with space planning at no cost, as long as you purchase your equipment from them. Or, if they do charge a fee, it’s likely to be minimal as compared to a professional consultant.

Before you shell out a large consulting fee — or purchase a canned kitchen floorplan on the internet — contact Stratton Sales. As a highly respected supplier of industrial kitchen equipment for more than half a century, we know a thing or two about layouts and space planning in the commercial kitchen. We also represent the finest equipment manufacturers in the world, and because we understand your challenges, we even offer financing options to help make your dream a reality. When you’re ready to launch your new bakery or upgrade your existing space, contact Stratton Sales for all your commercial bakery equipment needs.