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TOP TIPS: 3 ways to maintain the quality of your catering equipment

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Catering spare parts firm First Choice Group has joined forces with Hobart and BRITA Professional to endorse World Quality Day – and provide its top three tips to ensure operators aren’t lumped with expensive kitchen repair bills.

The theme for the fifth annual World Quality Day – which takes place today – is creating customer value.

Cannock-based First Choice said the occasion is a timely reminder of the importance of truly understanding customers’ needs.

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It endeavours to work in tandem with brands such as BRITA Professional and Hobart Service to meet those needs, not least when it comes to providing good value in the upkeep and maintenance of catering equipment.

To celebrate World Quality Day, here is its top three tips on how to maintain the quality of catering equipment and ensure operational efficiency.

1. Always use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts

Catering equipment is the lifeblood of any commercial food service operation, so maximising its uptime is crucial to running a profitable business.

As such, it’s essential to look beyond price when caring for your equipment and ensure you put quality first by using genuine parts.

The result will be equipment that continues to operate optimally, safeguarding your investment and the people who operate it.

OEM parts also mean you can guarantee high-quality materials and functionality. Such parts keep equipment running exactly as the manufacturer intended, reducing the chances of a failure right in the middle of a busy food service.

2. Preventative maintenance is crucial

It’s essential to carry out preventative maintenance such as descaling, deep cleaning and changing water filters on time as this will undoubtedly help improve the performance and lifespan of equipment.

The good news is that recent research has found 20% of professional kitchen outlets have recently introduced preventative maintenance, such as a water filter, to prevent limescale build-up and damage.

It’s essential though that more of us adopt this approach as without it, catering equipment can operate at an ever-decreasing rate of efficiency.

Even with the highest quality equipment it is completely normal for certain parts to degrade with use.

Leaving them unchecked could lead to reduced efficiency, higher running costs and, in the worst case, large and costly, avoidable repairs.

As Steve Buckmaster, sales director at BRITA Professional, explains: “By implementing measures such as preventative maintenance, financial pressures could be eased.

For example, on equipment that uses water, one of the most effective ways to prevent premature breakdowns is by using the correct water filter and exchanging it on time. This can help eliminate damage and inefficiency over time caused by the build-up of limescale.”

3. Protect your warranty

When you buy quality equipment it comes with a manufacturer’s warranty that will help to safeguard you against breakdown but you need to do your part, too.

First up, ensure that you only use OEM parts as non-OEM parts may invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty meaning the appliance may no longer be covered for future claims.

It also means you may not be able to claim back the cost of the part under the warranty as non-OEM parts aren’t covered by the manufacturer.

Preventative maintenance and servicing is also an important piece of the puzzle to ensure you are protecting your warranty and keeping your equipment in the optimum condition possible.

Ultimately Using First Choice Group for your parts and accessories is an extension of the manufacturer’s service and you have access to quality parts from the likes of Hobart and BRITA Professional.

This by extension will help to validate claims and reassure you that the supply chain has the manufacturer’s approval.

65% of operators would still replace broken catering equipment with new kit, BRITA research shows

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