like you the baker or owner to think about how you operate your business
and the work practices you employ.
We do not advocate replacing
all deck ovens, but for you to think about using a combination of different
Instead of using a 4 deck x 4 tray oven, or a 5 deck x 4 tray oven,
think about using:
one x double rack oven, and a 2 deck 2 tray oven,
or one x double rack oven, and a 3 deck 3 tray oven,
or two x single rack ovens, and a 2 deck 3 tray oven,
or two x single rack ovens, and a 3 deck 3 tray,
The combinations are many.
With a Macadams deck oven in combination with a Macadams rack oven, you
can continue to have an economical expansion by adding another deck to
your oven if you are building up the sales of smaller lines.
W & P Reedys have for some time been concerned about the disinformation
within the industry about the ability of rack ovens to bake the same products,
with the same quality, as a deck oven.
Reedys have also been concerned that many larger patisseries and gourmet
bakeries are persisting with their large 4 x 4 deck ovens or even 5 x
4 deck ovens.
This type of oven configuration must be costing these owners a fortune
if you consider the additional labour required to run the oven, especially
if the trays need to be turned for even bake and in the low energy efficiency
of a deck oven compared to a rack oven.
If you had to employ an extra baker to work your deck oven, then consider
He works 38 hours week, x 52 weeks/year, x say $15/hr = say $30,000.00
Add on costs: ovetime, holidays, sick leave, loadings, penalties rates,
Superannuation, Workers Compensation, - say 30% ($9,000.00) - Estimated
Total = $39,000.00 PLUS energy losses as against savings from an efficient
rack oven = ?????????
We estimate that freeing up a skilled employee in the shop to do other
more highly skilled work will also add value to the business and any savings
in overtime or reduction in total hours worked would be a direct saving
to the owner which can be multiplied by the years of life of the oven.
It is not hard to see that
even if half the above amount could be saved, then the pay back period
for the investment would be very short. If a rack oven has a productive
life of 20 years, then all those free years of savings keep adding up
year after year after year.