Foodservice operators looking to buy or maintain equipment should be aware of the three critical phases of equipment life cycles. The first phase involves selecting the appropriate piece of equipment for the operation. Each situation can be different, with its own set of unique needs, so it’s in the operator’s best interest to spend time researching and selecting the right equipment up front.
After selecting the appropriate piece of equipment, the next step is proper operation and maintenance for the best performance and warranty compliance. There is an ongoing discussion surrounding the value of using Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts versus generic, or aftermarket, parts—generic part advocates argue that aftermarket parts are essentially the same as originals at a reduced cost. However, after reviewing the strengths and benefits of each, any initial cost savings achieved by using generic parts may end up costing much more in the long run due to warranty suspension, inability to meet third-party safety standards, creating employee safety issues and, ultimately, a shortened equipment life cycle.
In addition to using OEM parts, practicing sound equipment maintenance and cultivating an ongoing positive relationship with an Authorized Service Agent (ASA) help ensure that equipment functions at maximum efficiency for the balance of its life cycle. Consider maintenance and service as a contribution to positive output, ensuring equipment is running at peak performance, which can positively impact the bottom line.
The last phase of the equipment’s life cycle involves installation and performance verification, which is the focus of this paper. Previous position papers have covered the first two topics in detail.
By following best practices in these three areas, operators can ensure equipment is warranty compliant and works at peak performance. This nets out to decreased downtime and energy costs and increased profitability with greater throughput.
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