March 2016 Trends

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of March and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inUsed Fabrication Equipment including:Saws and Shears, Welding and Soldering Equipment, andRiveters and Fastening Machines.
 

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Ice Cream Freezer For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment
Milling Machines For Sale Used Metal Fabrication Equipment
Used Water Heaters Strapping Machines For Sale
Used Air Compressors For Sale Brewery Equipment For Sale
Ice Cream Equipment For Sale Used Machine Shop Equipment
 
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Meat Equipment
Bakery Equipment Conveyors
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Welding and Soldering
 
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Bridgeport Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Trane
Flexicon Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

 

5 Pieces of Equipment Needed to Open a Bakery

So you want to open up your very own bakery, eh? A place where you can make bread and other delicious goods to display in storefront windows to catch the eye of those passing by, enticing them to stop in for a snack or two.

Yes, opening your own bakery might seem like part of living the American dream, Norman Rockwell style, but a commercial business of this nature is a far cry from making bread or baking cinnamon rolls in your home oven for just your family to enjoy. No, opening a bakery is a commercial venture, so you’re going to have to be certain to have enough – and the right – equipment on hand to produce large amounts of the baked goods that you’ll be selling to your customers.

Just what equipment do you need to open and run a successful bakery? We’ve outlined five important pieces of equipment and equipment categories below:

Ovens

If you’re going to be opening a bakery, this is hands-down the most critical piece of equipment that you’ll need in order to do so. But the oven that you have in your home’s kitchen isn’t quite going to do the trick. No, while effective for producing goods for your family, that type of a home oven doesn’t quite cut it when you’re trying to produce commercial quantities of bread and other baked goods – at least if you want to have a decent amount of inventory for your customers and want to turn a profit in the process.

So just what type of oven should you be buying? A commercial oven is fine for a startup bakery, but chances are you’ll soon need to upgrade to a convection oven. Convection ovens are essential in that they cook quickly and efficiently – some even rotate racks to make baking a breeze. It’s worth noting though that convection ovens aren’t suitable for all types of baked goods, because they don’t work well with all types of batters.

Other ovens that you may want to look into include proofing ovens and deck ovens. The former is particularly ideal for bread, while the latter is good for cakes. Don’t skimp on your ovens – like we said in the opening of this section, it’s likely to be the single-handed most important piece of equipment you’ll need.

Mixers

Another thing that you’ll definitely need to include in your bakery are mixers. If you’re just starting up, you’ll likely only need one commercial mixer, but after you get going and gain some business momentum, you’ll likely be adding more commercial mixer units. There are various types of mixers, from floor mixers to cake mixers to dough mixers – be sure to choose the one that is best utilized for your business and what you’re intending to do. For example, if you’re going to be producing a high volume of baked goods, perhaps as part of a relationship supplying restaurants in your area, a floor mixer is the way to go. Like with the oven, you won’t want to skimp on quality, as you need a reliable mixers able to work effectively every day.

Refrigerators

Key to preserving food and ingredients is some sort of refrigeration for your bakery. If you have a bigger bakery, you’ll obviously need a bigger refrigerator than you would with a small bakery, but it goes without saying that there is more than one kind of refrigerator to consider when it comes to your operations. The most convenient – and best option for large bakeries – is probably either the walk-in refrigerator/freezer or reach-in unit, which enables easy access for both products and ingredients to better streamline operations. For smaller bakeries, however, a worktoprefrigerator unit might be the better option. Not only can these units do the job of keeping items properly cooled to avoid food and ingredient spoilage, but worktop refrigerators can also help a bakery maximize efficient use of its work space.

Smallwares/Miscellaneous

In addition to the big three mentioned above (refrigerators, ovens and mixers), there are various other miscellaneous items and smaller pieces of equipment that you’ll need to have on hand to effectively operate a bakery. The good news is that these items are generally far less expensive than the larger items that we’ve listed above. The bad news is that there’s quite a lot of these items that you’ll need – and not having any of them on hand can really hurt your bakery from a productivity standpoint. That’s why it’s crucial to have items on hand such as pans for muffins, cakes and breads, cooling racks, dough cutters, baking sheets, rollers, spatulas, piping bags, decorating tubes and measuring cups. In addition to these smallwares, you should also be sure to invest in some utility carts for your operations. Carts come in handy when it comes to moving product from one area of the bakery to another, whether it’s a lot of small baked goods like doughnuts or one large baked good, like a wedding cake, for instance.

Storage

Finally, last but not least, you’re going to need some sort of storage for your bakery. The primary purpose of such storage units is more about keeping ingredients safe and free from spoilage than anything else, as all goods and ingredients have a shelf life, after all. So what makes for good storage units? Try an ingredient bin, for starters. Such bins can usually handle around 200 pounds of ingredients and are ideal for storing the likes of flour, grains, sugar and more. Food boxes are another solid alternative and dunnage racks are good for keeping ingredients, smaller equipment and more off of the floor.

As you can see, you need quite a bit to open up a bakery. And all of this equipment tends to have one thing in common – it’s not cheap, and a high upfront cost isn’t exactly ideal for a new business, let alone a bakery where so much is needed. That’s why it makes sense to explore all your options, which may potentially lead you down the path of acquiring such equipment from a credible used equipment site such as Bid on Equipment, where you can get pre-owned machinery that works like new. For new businesses, especially bakeries, the cost savings associated with buying used can permit the business to spend on other things – like advertising to get the word out about your new bakery.

For more information on what you’ll need to outfit your bakery, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s selection of ovens, mixers and more, contact the company today.

When to Use a Kettle Instead of a Tank

You’re likely already familiar with the basics behind a basic household kettle. Also commonly referred to as a “tea kettle,” kettles are pots that are made from metal that, essentially, serve to boil water. Normally, kettles accomplish this by being placed on a stovetop, where they are heated. After the water is heated to the appropriate level, the kettle can easily be removed via its handle and poured into a cup or another container via its spout.

Industrial kettles work similarly to how your standard kettle works – except that they’re much larger, thereby working to serve larger volumes of product. Also unlike your typical tea kettle, industrial kettles are usually installed for the sole purpose of heating something – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be water. For instance, breweries typically have one or more large scale industrial kettles to aid them in the beer brewing process. Another key, yet obvious difference, where industrial kettles differ from household kettles is that they’re much more expensive, potentially costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

While industrial kettles serve a purpose in a variety of different environments, one alternative to the industrial kettle is the tank. Tanks are somewhat self-explanatory, and, like kettles, can play a large role in heating products in an industrial environment. One inquiry, however, that’s commonly asked of us when it comes to the tanks versus industrial kettles as far as products go for a facility is when to use which and why to use which. On that note, we’ve put together a bit of a guide on when you should opt for the industrial kettle over the tank for your facility.

When to Use an Industrial Kettle (and Not a Tank)

So just when should you use an industrial kettle over a tank? Here’s a closer look:

  • When product needs to be heated evenly throughout: Think of when you go to heat up something in the microwave, say soup, for instance. Even if you have a rotating tray in the microwave, chances are that certain parts of the soup are still going to heat up better than others, forcing you to either eat or serve it as-is, or stir it around and heat it up some more. One of the nice benefits of an industrial kettle is that it’s unlikely to have this aforementioned problem thanks to agitators. Simply put, agitators are components of many industrial kettles that keep the product inside heated evenly throughout. There are various different types of agitators, so make sure that you select the one that works best for your situation.
  • You need fast food preparation: The agitator feature that we mentioned above is one way thatindustrial kettles help speed up the production process. Another way these machines help do this is via a steam-jacketed feature. Aside from the speedy processing times that such kettles help ensure, there’s also a few notable quality issues that this feature helps with. For instance, kettles with the steam-jacketed feature are much less likely to burn or scorch the food product, thereby ensuring better end quality. Finally, steam-jacketed kettles can also help kettles produce larger amounts of the food product. While this might not factor directly into the speed aspect of these devices, it surely helps factor into the effectiveness and processing potential of this type of equipment.
  • You want to reduce labor: Industrial kettles, to a certain extent, run without a lot of maintenance. This is a unique feature, as it allows employees to work elsewhere in the facility while the kettle is doing it’s job to maximize employee efficiency. Kettles can also help a plant manager reduce labor costs, if that’s the particular route that they choose to take. Whatever the case, the fact is that kettles don’t require a lot of monitoring when you compare this type of equipment to other types of equipment that’s designed to serve similar purposes.
  • Increased durability: Industrial kettles are strong – like, really strong. They’re typically constructed from metal – stainless steel, to be specific – and also available in different types of grades to serve different types of purposes. Take, for instance, 304 stainless steel. This type of metal is ideal for general purpose applications. There’s also 316 stainless steel, which is even more durable than 304 stainless steel – and it’s designed specifically for more acidic foods that could force the lesser grade of stainless steel to wear down prematurely.
  • Versatility: Industrial kettles are also somewhat versatile when it comes to their power source. In fact, they can run off of three types of power sources – gas, electric or direct steam. The most efficient power source is the direct steam, as such kettles can actually run off of the steam from the facility’s boiler system. This method also helps the kettle process its product the fastest, compared to the other two power methods. Conversely, gas and electric powered kettles also have their fair share of benefits, notably that they require much less maintenance than the direct steam models. Aside from power source, industrial kettles are also available in two main types – tilting and stationary. The type of kettle that’s best for you will depend on what exactly you’ll be needing to use the kettle for.

There are a lot of other benefits to industrial kettles, and the reasons why they should be utilized rather than a tank are plentiful. But when it comes to industrial kettles, one thing is also certain – and that’s their price tag. Kettles are very important pieces of equipment in the likes of food production facilities and other similar companies, so to say that they’re essential is an understatement. However, the high price tag of brand new kettle models can be a lot for a business to handle, especially if a kettle breaks down prematurely and it isn’t quite in the budget yet to replace it. That’s where a credible used equipment and appliance site, such as Bid on Equipment, can come in really handy, as it offers businesses and individuals the ability to bid on like-new machinery for a used price. The cost savings associated with going this route, as opposed to buying brand new, can pay big dividends for a brand’s bottom line, permitting them to keep operations at where they should be without breaking the bank on a new piece of equipment in order to do so.

For more information on industrial kettles, when they should be used versus a tank and to browse Bid on Equipment’s line of such kettles, contact the company today.