Your facility’s equipment, including your pasteurizers, represents a large investment. As such, you might be reluctant to invest more of your resources in an upgrade when the time comes. However, keeping an outdated bath pasteurizer in your facility might end up costing you more in the long run.
If your system is lagging in terms of capacity or efficiency, it may be time for an upgrade.
Signs A Bath Pasteurizer Isn’t Enough
Typically, if your current bath pasteurizer is acting as a bottleneck in your process, or if it doesn’t produce consistent results, it’s time for an upgrade. Specific signs that you need to upgrade include the following.
It Takes Too Long to Pasteurize Your Products
Any process is only as fast as its slowest component, and if your bath pasteurizer is holding up production, upgrading it will likely be a solid investment. Otherwise, you’re losing money as a result of handicapped production speed.
If your bath pasteurizer takes a long time to process a product that’s flying through the rest of your production line, then it’s time for an upgrade. Not only is the speed of the rest of your production line wasted, but you might also have to deal with the costs of starting and stopping equipment as well just to make sure you don’t overflow your pasteurization process.
You’re Experiencing Inconsistencies in Texture and Flavor
You want your end product to have a consistent flavor and texture, so you don’t want to find that your production line is giving you inconsistent results. If you identify inconsistencies within your product, it may be the result of your pasteurizer.
Naturally, you want to pasteurize your product, but it has to be done without negatively impacting its texture or flavor. A high number of defects in this area will indicate the need for an upgrade.
You’re Pasteurizing Small Batches at a Time
A bath pasteurizer is meant to handle batches of product at a time, but if those batches are too small to keep up with the rest of your production process, it’s acting as a bottleneck.
Given that bottlenecks are a common cause of wasted time and resources in production lines, you’ll need to upgrade to a higher capacity system, such as a steam box or tunnel pasteurizer. Doing so will not only allow your pasteurization to keep up with the rest of your process, but it can prepare you to build upon it in the future.
The Type of Products You Can Pasteurize is Limited
Expanding your business, both in terms of volume and variety, is key to growth, but as your company’s offerings grow, you’ll need the infrastructure to support it.
The types of products you can produce are limited by the capabilities of your pasteurizer. If your pasteurizer limits your potential offerings, and if you’re hoping to grow your business in the future, you’ll likely need an upgrade.
Benefits Of Taking Your Bath Pasteurizer To Another Level
You’re More Efficient
Businesses are always working toward greater efficiency, and to do that, they need to eliminate waste. A production line causes waste if it takes too much energy to maintain.
A higher-capacity pasteurizer can eliminate waste by cutting down the number of times it needs to be loaded and unloaded, and by keeping up with the rest of your production line.
You Produce Better Quality Products
Not only can you operate more efficiently, but you’re able to maintain a more consistent high standard of quality. A better pasteurizer can help you minimize defects and maintain a consistent flavor and texture for your food and beverage products.
You Can Scale Your Business
Higher volume pasteurizers capable of processing a wide variety of products can support growth for your business. Scaling up to a steam box pasteurizer or continuous tunnel system can prepare you to scale up your business, which in turn allows you to sell larger volumes of products to a wider customer base. Your next step up ultimately depends on the space available and your expected production needs.
Why Not Upgrading Your Bath Pasteurizer Is Keeping You From Scaling
It Takes Too Much Time
With upscaling comes greater production demands. If your process takes too much time because of your pasteurizer, you’re not going to be able to meet those demands.
You Can’t Produce Enough Volume
In like manner, a bath pasteurizer that can’t handle increased volume can stunt your growth. The goal is to produce a high enough volume of product to meet the expenses of running a larger business and serving more customers, so failing to upgrade will keep you from scaling.
Your Products Are Inconsistent
Key to business growth (and sustained business health) is your reputation. Many small to medium businesses don’t survive a hit to their reputation, so it’s important to make sure your customers know that you produce quality products.
Without a needed upgrade, your product quality may suffer, leaving a (literally) bitter taste in your customers’ mouths and undermining the reputation you’d need to support business growth.
Time To Upgrade?
In the end, you should upgrade your bath pasteurizer if it’s holding up your production, producing inconsistent results, or limiting your business’s ability to grow.
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