Whether a processor is moving on, moving up or moving out, choosing a new home for a plant must involve the consideration of several factors, such as utilities and water costs, access to transportation, labor availability, incentives and sustainability issues.
If run to failure is no longer an option, food and beverage processors have alternative ways to keep their equipment running at peak performance levels; they can plan maintenance schedules based on OEM suggestions.
Food Engineering’s 2015 Replacement Parts and Components Trends Survey identifies the “who, what, why and how” of replacement parts purchasing, inventory maintenance, condition monitoring and related topics.
Whether it is a loose screw that falls off a machine, a bone that manages to stay wedged in a piece of meat or a bit of plastic that finds its way into a batch, contamination in a finished product can be a major blow to a brand.
Starting with a clean slate is usually easier than renovating an older facility to catch up with food safety specifications as shown in the Food Engineering November 2014 article, “Renovate for the right reasons.”