4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Factory Equipment

Factory Equipment

The manufacturing industry’s the 5th largest employer in the US. However, the smooth-running of any successful factory relies on more than just its workforce! As much as anything else, you need high-quality equipment to maximize efficiency and output.

Alas, there’s no shortage of unscrupulous retailers and subpar machinery in the world. And with huge sums of money on the line, you can’t afford to invest in faulty or substandard items. Want some help selecting the right equipment for the job?

Keep reading for 4 key factors to consider when choosing factory equipment.

1. The Price

The factory equipment budget is almost always a primary deciding factor in this domain. It’s a constant battle between quality and cost! You’re trying to get the best bang for your buck- finding the right equipment at the right price.

At the end of the day, the ‘right price’ will vary for everyone though. Our only suggestion in this regard is to be wary of buying the cheapest equipment out there. You tend to get what you pay for, so if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

2. The Age

A primary debate among factory owners is whether or not to choose new or used equipment. There are pros and cons on both sides.

For instance, new equipment costs more. But it’s also got the latest systems, newest technology, and is less likely to breakdown to boot. Second-hand machines are the opposite: much cheaper to purchase but more likely to cause trouble.

There’s no right or wrong decision! It’s a matter of doing what’s right for your factory and the budget you’re operating under.

3. The Available Space

The amount of space that’s available will come into play as well. After all, there’s no point investing in something that won’t fit on the factory floor! You need ample room for it to function as intended, without interrupting workflow or putting peoples’ safety at risk.

Make sure you have your measurements sorted before you go shopping. And, if you’re short on room, opt for space-saving equipment such as tall racks and wall-mounted jib cranes (you can learn more here about these).

4. The Warranty

Whether it’s brand new or used, factory machinery isn’t cheap. The result? Make sure anything you purchased is covered by the warranty.

This is particularly important to check when you’re buying second-hand factory equipment. Go into detail with the retailer so you know exactly what’s covered (and what isn’t). The last thing you want is to experience problems and be forced to pay out for something you hadn’t banked on.

Remember These Factors When Choosing Factory Equipment

Countless factories are up and running around the US right now. And every single one of them is reliant on high-quality equipment to facilitate workflow! Alas, finding high-end machinery at a reasonable price point can be easier said than done.

Know the struggle? Well, we hope this article will help. Keep this guide in mind and choosing factory equipment should become less of a challenge.

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About the Author: Wayne Probert

Wayne Probert is a senior reporter at Zobuz, covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining Zobuz, he worked as a freelance journalist in Kentucky, having been published by dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media.