What Are The Benefits Of Bespoke Machinery?

Bespoke machinery is initially more expensive than generic or secondhand machinery but is more economical in the long run.  Investing machinery for your business requires many considerations particularly in relation to your budget.  Business start-ups are more likely to purchase second equipment due to having less cash flow.

Generic or secondhand machinery enables companies to kick start their production lines and automate their system.  This increases production and cash flow allowing them to expand their customer base and recover their initial investment.  Secondhand machinery usually becomes available because of manufacturers purchasing bespoke machinery.

Businesses generally purchase bespoke machinery because generic or secondhand machinery is slowing production.  Custom machinery increases production because it doesn’t require amendments to fit it to the job in hand. Purchasing bespoke machinery is a sign your business is doing well and anticipates future expansion.

Bespoke Machinery And Productivity

Bespoke machinery increases productivity because it is designed for a specific job and process.  This is cost effective because the machinery requires fewer people to use it and doesn’t need any adaptations which are both costly and time-consuming.  Manufacturers are able to make better use of their staff by setting to them to work on other tasks which are beneficial to production.

Manufacturing using bespoke machinery is more accurate because it reduces the incidents of human error.  This is due to the machinery being fully automated decreasing the need for human intervention, Custom designed machinery also reduces waste because there is less likely to be a malfunction in the production of goods.

The overall cost of bespoke machinery is much lower than we are commonly lead to believe.  Custom designed machinery is actually much more economical once you take into consideration the accuracy, automation and the efficiency of the process.  The savings translate as lower wage bills, energy use and optimising the use of materials.

Bespoke machinery is much more streamlined than having a number of work stations performing an individual task.  The production line is much more automated resulting in savings in all areas and is much easier to use than generic machinery.

What’s The Rub?

With all great ideas, there is always a payoff where compromises have to be made.  Fortunately, with bespoke machinery, there are very few. Companies benefit greatly from reduced staffing costs which is not such great news for job security. The efficiency of bespoke machinery requires fewer people to run it which may result in redundancy and less job security.  This may not always be the case as businesses can use staff availability to their advantage. They can take the opportunity to train staff and reduce workload resulting in high staff morale and well being.

The high upfront costs need to be taken into consideration. An analysis needs to be made as to whether the company will financially benefit from investing in custom machinery. Deciding to upgrade to bespoke machinery should only happen if it increases productivity and revenue for the business.

Manufacturers must take technical development into consideration when they commission their bespoke machinery. Anticipating future developments and consulting your supplier will help you to future proof your production line.

If you would like to find out more about bespoke machinery contact us and we would be happy to discuss your project.

Why You Should Consider Bespoke Machinery

Bespoke machinery is custom made machinery built to the specification of the customer.  It is more expensive than generic machinery because it is unique and requires individual design and construction.  However, there are many benefits of made to measure machinery including increased efficiency, accuracy, lower running costs and optimised usage.

Two drawbacks to bespoke machinery are the initial cost and sourcing replacement parts.  Standard built machinery has the same components and parts which makes them easier to replace.  It is therefore important you discuss maintenance and replacement parts with your manufacturer.

Buying bespoke machinery is economical if your business is established and you know exactly what you want the machine to do.  Generic machinery can be inefficient because it doesn’t fulfil the needs of the job perfectly. It is important to make sure you consider bespoke machinery to be a long-term investment in order to get a good ROI.  Secondhand machinery sells for considerably less than its original price.


Bespoke machinery is ideal for established manufacturers who know exactly what they require from the system.  The benefits of custom machinery include; the automation of repetitive tasks, it works exactly how you want it to, it is more efficient.  They are easier to use and don’t need adaptations like generic machinery. It is user-friendly and requires less training, economical, efficient and easy to install.  All of these reasons reduce production costs.

Purchasing bespoke machinery involves a consultation with the manufacturer to create a design.  There will be a waiting time for the machine to be built therefore a plan of action is necessary to organise the timetabling of replacing old equipment.


The initial cost of bespoke machinery may be off-putting because it is considerably more than for generic machinery.  It is also less versatile because it only does one specific job and may not keep up with new technology. The workforce benefits from the efficiency and safety of the machines but may face redundancy due to the machines replacing them.

Secondhand machinery is much cheaper and better suited for fledgeling businesses with a small workforce.  Bespoke machinery is an option for the future when the business is more established with a larger workforce.

Bespoke Machinery From Challenger

Challenger has been designing and building bespoke machinery for its customers for two decades. The machinery is designed and built after careful consultation and planning.  It is possible for most types of machines to be custom designed. Here are a few examples of bespoke machinery from Challenger; assembly tables, bale breakers, car flatteners, pallet dispensers and quad drum crushers.

The design, build and installation process is carefully managed by expert engineers.  3D solid modelling ensures the products meet the demands and specifications of the application.  An ISO 9001 accreditation ensures all of the components are completed to the highest quality standards.

If you would like to inquire about commisioning bespoke machinery contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.