FDBusiness.com

Process Equipment Manufacturer Offers Guidance for Buying Used Equipment

 Breaking News
  • Bord Bia’s 2018 Brexit Barometer Results The Irish Government has launched the Bord Bia 2018 Brexit Barometer, a comprehensive survey of 117 Irish food, drink and horticulture companies, representing 48% of the sector’s exporters to the United Kingdom. Over 100 senior industry representatives attended the launch in Bord Bia to hear the report findings. The purpose of the Brexit Barometer is to assess [...]...
  • Cargill Invests in Mouscron Facility to Meet Demand For Belgian Chocolate With the rapid rise in consumer demand for premium, high quality Belgian chocolate, Cargill has invested in a new liquid chocolate production line in its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. This investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new local jobs. Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business will [...]...
  • Heineken Makes Biggest Ever Investment in UK Pub Estate Heineken UK is making its largest ever annual investment in Star Pubs & Bars, investing £44 million during 2018. This investment is more than double the figure invested last year (£20 million) and brings Heineken’s total expenditure on pubs to almost £140 millioin over the past five years.Around a quarter of Star’s 2,900 pubs will [...]...
  • New Starter Culture Secures Mild and Creamy Soft Cheeses Chr. Hansen’s latest launch helps cheesemakers to produce soft cheese that maintains the desired taste and texture. The extension to the DVS® SSC series is the latest addition to Chr. Hansen’s soft cheese starter culture range. The product series now consists of four cultures and is designed to create soft cheese with a mild flavor and [...]...
  • TOP Develops Technology Platform For Dairy Farmers TOP from Wageningen in the Netherlands is developing a technology platform that enables dairy farmers to sell bottled milk from individual cows. With the technology it will be possible to pasteurize and package bottles of milk from individual cows. Dutch consumers will soon be able to buy milk from their very own favourite cow. In the [...]...

Process Equipment Manufacturer Offers Guidance for Buying Used Equipment

October 11
09:47 2011

When scouring the Internet for equipment bargains, a lack of information makes it hard to be sure which ones are legitimate and which ones are lemons in disguise. Since many machines posted for sale online do not come with a warranty, user manual, maintenance log or chain of custody documenting prior owners, eager shoppers considering auctions and plant liquidation sales need to recognize these as red flags before purchasing based on a price that seems too good to be true, according to Larry Stoma, design engineer for The Witte Company, Washington, New Jersey. Stoma has helped many companies recover from hasty used equipment purchases and offers these recommendations for evaluating fluid bed dryers, coolers, screeners, dewaterers, conveyors and other used or refurbished equipment:

  1. First, determine what the process needs then search online based on these needs; if the equipment would not solve the problem then any price is too high
  2. Know exactly what’s offered; if there’s any doubt about what is pictured or described then involve an engineer with experience in designing and operating similar equipment
  3. Call the manufacturer with the serial number and ask for the original specifications for comparison to the equipment being offered for sale
  4. Ask for manuals, training guides, maintenance logs and any other information that may be available
  5. Verify the dimensions and compare to the facility – including doorways
  6. Understand that most warranties are non-transferrable and voided when the equipment is modified in the field
  7. Know local regulations; for example, several states require baghouse dust collectors and have outlawed cyclones. Most secondhand equipment sellers are unlikely to be up to date on the regulatory environment in 50 different states

The Witte Company maintains an archive of original specifications for every system manufactured and provides the history, original duty and parts list for people considering buying used Witte equipment. The company also offers to print drawings and manuals and personally inspect the used equipment on-site before purchase.

For more information please contact The Witte Company.

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • June 25, 2018Packaged., The 7th Global Summit
  • September 5, 2018Int'l Food Products and Processing Technologies Exhibition (WorldFood Istanbul)
  • September 15, 2018iba
  • September 25, 2018PPMA Show 2018
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements