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Second-time around: Finding your perfect solution

08 June 2018

Food Processing spoke to John van Berlo of Industrial Auctions to get some advice for any food engineers considering purchasing production equipment at auction. 

Q: What advice can you offer to food processors considering purchasing second-hand production equipment?
The purchase of second-hand machines is a trend that is continuing to grow as it offers a cost-effective way of improving your facility. One argument for purchasing second-hand equipment is that it may well be more reliable than newer machines as any faults or issues will have already been found and rectified on a used machine. If it is properly maintained used equipment can offer many years of reliable service.

Q: What do you feel are the biggest concerns of potential purchasers of used equipment and how would you overcome these concerns?
When buying second-hand production equipment the biggest concern is that it comes with no guarantees. However, Industrial Auctions strives to ensure customer satisfaction with a purchase by providing an in-depth technical description of machines and providing lots of images. We are also always available to answer any questions about an item before a bid is placed. Our staff will be on location during the viewing day too, so it is not even necessary to come and see the equipment yourself, sending questions to the on-site team is often enough. Sometimes we can also provide a video of a machine in working condition.

Q: Do you offer an integration service for equipment, or can you offer advice on where purchasers can get help in integrating used-equipment into existing lines? No, but based on our expertise in the food and beverage industry we can offer advice about specific processing lines. We can often answer questions ourselves or can recommend somebody from our large network to help resolve any issues.

Q: Is there a potential downside to purchasing used equipment and what advice can you offer to ensure a smooth purchasing and installation experience?
The downside of buying machines at auction is the fact that it will not come with any guarantees. We advise customers to only place a bid when they are absolutely sure about the product they are bidding on. Purchasing machines at auction is easy. It takes just four simple steps – registration, searching and bidding, win the auction, pay and pick up. Of course, installation experiences will vary depending on the machine. Sometimes it is simply a plug-and-play solutions while other equipment will require more integration experience.

Q: Are you seeing interest in used food processing equipment growing or shrinking…and to what do you attribute this trend?
We offer quality used machines that can help the food industry start to automate its production processes to help improve efficiencies. Our network is growing so in my opinion there is an increasing interest in used food processing equipment. We have organised auctions for food companies such as FrieslandCampina, Vion, Nestlé, Struik and many more.


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