Busy bakeries rely heavily on their equipment to help them keep up with production and demand. From small retail bakeries to wholesale productions, bakery equipment is the workhouse of a successful bakery operation. With that said, it is extremely important that the equipment bakers rely on is running efficiently and doing its job to help increase profits and save on labor costs. Every bakery has equipment, but how efficient is that equipment? Is the equipment running properly? Does it break down frequently? Is it costing a fortune in fuel or energy costs? These are questions that need to be asked in order to know if your equipment is actually hurting your business instead of helping it. It may be time for some new equipment in your bakery.

In this blog, we will guide you through all of the reasons it may be time to upgrade and replace your current bakery equipment with new equipment that will help increase your production, ensure the highest-quality and save you money on labor costs. Here are some reasons why it may be time to replace your equipment.

Your Equipment is in Constant Need of Servicing

Do you have equipment in your bakery that has become a very expensive decoration? Sitting in your bakery just taking up room when it should be helping you produce products? Do you have your bakery technician on speed dial because your equipment is constantly breaking down? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to replace your machines. At a certain point, you are going to be paying so much in repairs that is makes more sense to just upgrade the machine. Equipment is meant to help you, not slow you down and time is money in the bakery world. When there are customers demanding product, downtime due to machine maintenance could be a profit killer. Empire offers the highest quality bakery equipment that is durable and built to withstand heavy use seen in a busy bakery.

Your Fuel and Energy Costs are Through the Roof
Older bakery equipment is known to be less fuel efficient. There are several reasons as to why this is the case in older equipment. The machine's parts wear down over time causing them to operate less efficiently or not at all. Older technology was not as proactive in designing machines to be less fuel-efficient. Newer equipment innovations we see today have made advancements in fuel efficiency that is saving bakeries significant amounts on fuel and energy costs. For example, Empire's Stone Hearth Deck Ovens produce artisan-quality breads while allowing bakeries to save up to 75% on their fuel costs. This is accomplished thanks to single burner and steam tube technology that offers even and radiant heat at a fraction of the fuel usage.

Keeping Up With Demand is a Struggle
Every bakery wants to be busy, but not every bakery is equipped to be busy, unfortunately. As demand in grows, your bakery needs to be able to keep up with that demand, or customers will seek products elsewhere. If you find you have customers looking elsewhere for products, then it may be time to replace old equipment and invest in new bakery production equipment that can help automate the production of popular products. Empire offers a line of cookie depositors that allow you to produce up to 400 trays of cookies per hour! We also offer dough dividers and dough rounders that take the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of dividing, weighing and rounding your dough and completely automate it.

So now think to yourself, is my bakery running as efficiently as it can be? If the answer is no, then it is time to replace some of the equipment that is preventing your bakery from achieving its truest potential. Whether your equipment is constantly breaking down, not cost-effective in terms of fuel efficiency, or not allowing you easily keep up with demand, new innovative equipment can easily remedy those issues.