It’s the end of the calendar year. For most of us it means holiday time off, office parties and gift giving. The big wind down.
For those in food processing and manufacturing managerial positions, this time of year means looking at budgets, determining whether there are funds left to be spent. If you are at budget – congratulations! Over budget…well, let’s just say you may be a bit of a Grinch right now.
Those that are fortunate enough to be under budget, with some way under budget, they are probably racking their brains how to spend those funds in the most effective way. Managers know if they are too far under budget, they either better use it or lose it next year. You can’t be too efficient, or risk being penalized when new budgets are formulated!
What is a manager to do? What options are out there? Where should the focus be?
If you are adhering to these practices that’s great! If not, it’s urgent that a plan is developed to ensure meeting existing food regulations and guidelines according to the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Does your food safety plan cover the maintenance of any containers, tools or utensils that touch raw materials or processed products? Are there areas in your facility that continue the practice of manually washing containers, pallets, equipment, tools or utensils? Are you in the planning stages of a new build? Stop right there.
This is where the opportunity lies for those unused budgetary funds.
The importance of food safety extends to this often-overlooked area of container cleaning. Your purchasing decisions should be examined through this lens.
Automation is the trend in food safety, and all industries are seeing a push to automate as many simple tasks as possible. A purpose-built system for cleaning containers, tools, conveyor belts and pallets must be part of any food safety plan.
For example, Douglas Machines Corp. has a variety of automated cleaning equipment which ensures the proper time, temperature and turbulence for washing and sanitizing, while meeting current FSMA and HAACP guidelines. Dependent upon meeting your particular needs, here’s some popular choices for consideration.
These systems will replace labor intensive manual washing, cut energy and chemical costs, save crucial time and provide considerable savings in funds while conserving resources.
You seek guidance in buying the right equipment now, knowing that this purchase must serve your company for the next 10-20 years. Durability and adaptability are just as important as price. Douglas systems are well known for these qualities, in addition to an excellent service reputation.
Our Sales Engineers provide significant insights through intense interaction to connect you with the right equipment. Douglas performs complete factory acceptance tests (FATs) at our facility prior to shipment and will provide installation guidance to ensure complete satisfaction.
With funds available to spend, now is the time to gift your company with equipment that will upgrade your food safety program effectively and efficiently.
Contact Douglas Machines Corp. to start the process. It’s not only a smart money move, but a shrewd food safety step forward.