In parts one and two of our seven step guide to investing in a liquid filling machine, we covered the basics; establishing whether or not a filling machine could improve your packaging process, and choosing between automatic and semi-automatic equipment.
But what next? You’ve decided to invest in machinery, and settled on a general size and specification. Before you source your new equipment, however, you should consider whether it will be from the UK, or overseas. We’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of both options.
Importing filling equipment:
If your budget is limited, importing filling machinery could be a viable option. Overseas companies are often able to supply good-quality equipment at reasonable prices.
However, liaising with overseas manufacturers can prove challenging. It’s good practice to visit a potential supplier and see their premises, for example – but the distances involved often preclude this.
Installation, commissioning and training can present their own challenges – from language barriers, to time constraints and the cost of transport and delivery.
Similarly, ordering genuine spare parts for overseas-bought machinery can be a lengthier and more costly process, as can organising servicing and repairs. This may result in an extended period of machine down-time, interrupting production.
If you decide to import filling machinery:
- Ensure that quoted prices include delivery, installation and training
- Enquire about annual servicing and spares orders; how will this work?
Buying UK-made filling equipment:
Renowned for its quality, British-made filling equipment can be more expensive – but, if you are looking to future-proof your operation, it is often the best solution.
Opting to work with a UK company means that you can be involved in each stage of the manufacturing process. You and your team will usually have the chance to pay your supplier an initial visit – as well as touring their premises, seeing machinery in build, demoing your equipment and finally signing it-off, prior to installation.
The installation itself should be a smoother process, without any of the logistical issues often associated with overseas equipment.
And, when it comes to annual servicing and repairs, engineers who are familiar with your equipment and operation will be on hand to help.
Team Karmelle recommend opting for a trusted local supplier; while the initial outlay might be higher, the long-term benefits (including access to spare parts and expert engineers) are considerable. Ultimately, every business’ needs are different, and it is always advisable to conduct your own research; gather quotes, ask questions, and speak to your peers and competitors before making an informed decision.
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