The following is a summary of the main points to be considered
when selecting FCR or MCR tile production equipment:
· Available financial resources (budget restraints can limit the choice to locally available equipment).
· Required size and shape of FCR/MCR tiles (smaller components are easier to produce and handle, and suitable for all sloped roofs; pantiles are less sensitive to inaccuracies than Roman tiles; semi-sheets are quicker to produce and install per unit area, but less suitable for complex roofs, as semi sheets are more wasteful to cut than tiles).
· Required production rate (this depends on the expected market demand and determines the quantity of equipment needed).
· Available energy sources (not only the costs must be considered, but also the frequency of power failures; manual operation is always appropriate, but can be very tiring).
· Availability of spares and skilled technicians for maintenance and repairs (machines with standardized parts create less problems).
· Professional training (this should be an important part of the deal).
· Operational safely (this is not usually a problem in FCR/MCR tile production).
· References (contacts with equipment users should be sought whenever possible).
. Conditions of purchase (since machines of similar types are available, comparisons of prices, discounts for large orders, delivery time, etc. are urgently recommended, but also - if applicable - import restrictions, after sales service, guarantee period, etc should be taken into account).
· After sales services (not only should the manufacturers be fair enough to rectify defects of their machines by providing technical assistance or supplying spare parts at minimum or no-cost; users should also take the trouble to send accounts of their experiences and suggestions for improvements to the manufacturers, for without this feed back, no effective development is possible).