From February 2 to 5, Cologne will transform into a dedicated cornerstone for the development of innovative sweets and snacks is the process and packing technology on the occasion of a new edition of ProSweets.
Thanks to their modular design the complete solutions for almost every budget that will be presented at the Cologne fairgrounds are also suitable and ideal for the demands of fast-growing start-ups. The flexible and fast conversion to suit different formats is a must for them so that they can achieve maximum machine efficiency.
Premium continues to be a convincing criterion for chocolate, small shaped bakery products create surprising effects and bars impress with exotic nut mixtures: keeping up with the trends of the market today proves to be a challenge more than ever for the sweets and snacks manufacturers. They require fully-automated processing and packing machines that are easy to operate, clean and service. It has to be possible to call up all of the raw materials and recipe data fast at any time. This enables the downtimes to be reduced to a minimum and the overall equipment effectiveness to be increased. It doesn’t play a role here as to whether it is an entry-level machine or a high-speed solution.
Filled or solid, formed using wet sleeves or cold stamped: A host of chocolate variations can be manufactured using the solutions presented at ProSweets Cologne. Modern molding plants process up to 40 molds per minute today – with throughput of 8,000 kg per hour. Modular concepts with thoroughly hygienic designs provide the necessary flexibility. They enable the gradual expansion of the production line through the implementation of additional components in order to extend the product diversity. The process can be regulated simply and precisely via a touch panel. Depending on the requirements, the filling area can be fitted with several pouring machines or handling systems for ingredients.
Regarding the manufacturing of bars, productivity is also the focus of the exhibitors at ProSweets Cologne. For start-ups, who are taking the plunge on the sweets market, the Cologne supplier trade fair is the first point of contact for ideas and technologies for the production of sweets and snacks. The modular design of the machines that will be presented on-site is the ideal starting point for the industrial small batch production because it enables a retrofit upgrade to achieve a higher level of automation at any time. With such a solution, comprising of a continuous mixer, a cooling tunnel and a cutting system, a complete assortment of bars with different ingredients, shapes and sizes can be produced. Combined with a packing system, manufacturers can procure their system solutions for the production of bars from one source.
The portfolio of the exhibitors at the Cologne fair grounds encompasses services and needs-based technologies for the packing of sweets and snacks, which range from the basic model through to the innovative, high-performance machine. Here, it becomes evident that the days of “one size fits all” are over. Seamlessly integratable systems for the inner and outer packing are called for, which offer a high degree of flexibility regarding the different packing styles. The format changes can be carried out without tools in a few minutes thanks to the latest servo and robot technology.
The visitors of ProSweets Cologne can gain an accurate picture of the efficiency-increasing innovations, the organizers say. The live demonstrations will show how the digitalization is increasing the flexibility and enabling individualized products.