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Communication is key when you are shopping for new equipment.


When specifying equipment, don't over specify and don't under specify.

Over specifying equipment may lead to many problems. Often times machinery manufacturers may not even quote the equipment because the specification is so large they may feel the equipment is beyond their capabilities when in fact it may well be within their scope. I personally have seen machine specifications where they actually call out what types of nuts and bolts to use. When you get to that level of specification, you may lose out on current technologies your machinery supplier has access to. Specifying technology for the sake of technology may lead to over budget proposals where you may not need that level of technology. Requiring a broad spectrum of operating specifications within one piece of equipment may not be possible, always try to specify for current day and immediate future need. Over specifying for "pie in the sky" requirements for something that may come up in ten years is not good practice and may lead to project failure.

Under specifying equipment can cause trouble as well. Always communicate your requirements for the equipment. Specify production levels you want to achieve. Always get material samples to your machinery supplier. Users and equipment manufacturers should always have project leaders ultimately responsible for communicating requirements and ensuring those requirements will be met.


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