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Machinery & manufacturer selection in the mills

27 February 20175 min reading

“Machine manufacturing is a matter requiring culture, experience and knowledge. But all of this will not be enough to create a good company portfolio. In addition to these qualities, the units working in the company’s own organization must work in coordination from the first stage to the last stage of the processes, in close contact with each other using the parallel flow of information.”

İsmail Bahrem ODABAŞI Özenir Group CEO/General Manager

ozenir86In the past years, milling machines in Turkey used to be manufactured by several companies and the investors wishing to set up mills had to turn to these major manufacturers. However, nowadays, the number of milling machine manufacturers has unfortunately increased to such a level that the investors have now great difficulty in choosing the right manufacturer (I have to use the word “unfortunately” in my statement because there are an excessive number of manufacturers in the sector). Due to the economic recession, they tend to turn to the cheaper products and those manufacturers who produce cheaper products. I am not talking about a competition made on equal terms, but I am talking about illegal manufacturers who confuse the investors by using cheap materials and selling cheap products and who do not have even an after sales support unit and do not attach importance to the customer satisfaction. Otherwise, competition makes us stronger and enables us to produce better quality products.

Machine manufacturing is matter requiring culture, experience and knowledge. But all of this will not be enough to create a good company portfolio. In addition to these qualities, the units working in the company’s own organization must work in coordination from the first stage to the last stage of the processes, in close contact with each other using the parallel flow of information. The weakness of one of the chains of the chain will be sufficient to disrupt this coordination and flow.

Based on years of knowledge and experience, we suggest those who wish to invest in the milling sector should not turn to the manufacturers producing cheap products but to those who produce quality products and provide quality service. For this reason, first of all, every investor must either employ an engineer who is good at machines in the mill or he/she should get help from an engineer. Because in these days when the economy passes through a dire strait, our investors unfortunately think in the short term and prefer the cheapest and do not project the days ahead. We have witnessed many times that the sums that are thought to have been earned while buying cheap products or services have been lost very shortly due to immediate malfunctioning and damaged machines.

I’m not just talking about machine-related damages; I am talking about the damage that an investor has to go through due to the stoppage or interruption of the production in a mill for hours or even weeks, resulting from the cheap and bad quality machines. Additionally, the damage to result from the failure to deliver the products on time and the resulting dame to their brands must also be taken into consideration. At this point, our visionary engineers and masters will provide support and direct our investors, taking into account projections in the future.

I want to remind you of a very beautiful phrase known all over the world. “I am not rich enough to buy very cheap goods and I did not find my money on the street.” Many visionary businessmen know exactly where this phrase means, because buying cheap goods is no different than putting money in a bag and putting it in the trash can.

To summarize the selection of machinery and manufacturer in the milling sector; • It is absolutely necessary to monitor and thoroughly investigate the manufacturer’s experience and knowledge in its respective field. • It is imperative that they, together with their co-workers or engineers, decide exactly what kind of characteristics the machines must have and then turn to such machines. • It is important to monitor and properly assess whether the manufacturer is using sufficient raw materials and materials in sufficient quantities. • Whether the manufacturer’s after-sales service is really sufficient must be checked. • Do not forget that choosing the right machine and manufacturer will reduce both the energy and time costs of the flour mill in the manufacturing process and minimize the maintenance cost. • It is also important to use the right machine in the right place. The unnecessary use of even 1 engine or 1 bolt will increase the cost of maintenance as well as the cost of investment. • Care must be paid to the maintenance of oil, bearings and spare parts in the machines, which must be maintained without causing any damage to the machine and without damaging the parts. Failure to change or replace cheap oil will result in damage to a costly roller bearing, resulting in very serious damage by stopping production.

Instead of choosing the firms producing cheap machines while purchasing machines, the mills must prefer those firms that will stand behind their machines, produce quality products, and provide service and spare parts service very quickly without any problems in case of failure and damage.

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