Part of Worldbakers’ IBIE SPECIAL EDITION 2022, we interview important exhibitors about what they bring to IBIE, so readers know what to expect at the Baking Expo that takes place between September 18-21, 2022, in Las Vegas. Today we interview Jonathan Lasecki, Director of Engineering, Ashworth Bros., Inc.
What can visitors expect to find at your booth at this edition of IBIE and what is your current focus for the US market?
Jonathan Lasecki: Visitors to the Ashworth Booth 3008 at IBIE 2022 won’t be disappointed. We have some exciting innovative technology to share along with a “Solutions Center” that highlights customized accessories to make the job of conveying product safer, easier, and more efficient.
Our current focus for the US and other regional markets is the importance of monitoring systems. Seeing reductions in staffing throughout the industry has created a need for remote monitoring. We introduced our SmartSpiral® to fill this need. The system monitors and tracks trending data to allow supervisors and managers the ability to view a snapshot of a spiral system’s health. New to our “Smart Technology” portfolio is our “SmartOven™” which offers key metrics that are tracked and tended to identify changes in the equipment’s operating parameters. This data is available through your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer across multiple systems and multiple plant locations. Our ultimate goals are to aid in predictive maintenance and eliminate down-time associated with unplanned failures.
Though designed for use on spiral systems, we are proud to offer alternative applications for the system such as commercial ovens for the baking industry.
Please reflect on the challenges the industry faces and the trends that are impacting demand and product development.
Jonathan Lasecki: We all are exposed to world reports about material supply and delivery issues–they are partly the result of increased demand and a shrinking labor market. At Ashworth, we continue working with our suppliers on alternative materials which may be more readily available and still yield the high-quality products we and our customer’s demand. As a manufacturer we are investing in production methods to utilize the limited labor supply. Solutions we are investigating are primarily advanced automation. Automation primarily around production of product while concurrently reviewing automation in quality inspection, material movement, storage, cleaning, and packaging. We are looking outside our core industry and are willing to modify technologies to meet our product requirements. Supplying quality and cost competitive products that meet industry standards will remain our focus, however, safety of our workforce and that of all our customers remains core to the Ashworth Brand.