Tips for Reducing Costs in Food Manufacturing Facilities

Tips for Reducing Costs in Food Manufacturing Facilities
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    In the food industry, margins matter. Consumers can't afford to throw food away, and food producers can't afford to throw money away.

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The challenge in this business is twofold: not only must you mass-produce at affordable price points, but you also need to sell in such a high volume as to maintain your business.

With a definite ceiling on what you can sell your goods for, cutting costs requires you to look within your four walls. By addressing redundancies in energy and workforce while disaster-proofing through conscientious maintenance, you can afford to price competitively without insufficient revenue streams

Consider these tips for reducing costs in food manufacturing facilities.

Go Automated

Automation is something of a dirty word in 2020. As we automate jobs, we take them away from people, and those jobs rarely come back.

It seems now that almost every step of the food-manufacturing process can be automated—even at the final point of sale, many shoppers are using self-checkout kiosks instead of human cashiers.

But in a highly competitive economy, automation may be your only option to cut costs without passing them on to the consumer.

And as distasteful as many Americans may find automation, they have even less stomach for sky-high grocery bills.

With a heavy heart, do what’s best for your bottom line and automate as much of your manufacturing process as you can.

Maintain Piping and HVAC Systems

You may remember the old saw that a stitch in time saves nine. When it comes to process piping, there’s no telling how much you can save by performing regular maintenance—or rather, how much you can lose by not doing so.

It’s quite simple: when your home refrigerator’s cooling system stops working, you’ll probably have to throw away all the food in the fridge. Now scale that up to an industrial food-manufacturing facility.

Without proper refrigeration, you can lose everything, and you can’t just drive to the store to stock back up, either. Schedule check-ins with experienced mechanical contractors who will do their best to ensure that your systems always stay cool.

Curb Wasteful Consumption

Of all the costs that go into operating a facility, good old utility bills can be among the highest. Do what you can to reduce your water and electricity usage through efficient LED lighting, reduced-flow plumbing, and even more eco-friendly landscaping strategies.

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These all sound like they exist at the peripheries of your core operations—and they do. But by trimming away at the peripheries, you can reduce costs in a meaningful way without compromising the processes that matter most to your facility.

Measure Motor Efficiency

Among tips for reducing costs in food manufacturing facilities is to take inventory of all your moving parts. Engines and motors use the lion’s share of power at your plant, but not always as efficiently as they could.

All moving parts wear down, and as engines rack up the hours, they can lose efficiency, requiring more power to do the job. Replacing motors that are overworking themselves may not only keep energy usage down, but it may also protect you from breakdowns at a most inopportune time, costing you valuable output.

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