Technology used in automated cake production must perfectly balance complexity that would enable it to support a wide variety in execution and high-tech simplicity for operation in the most diverse circumstances. We are exploring options that provide both, below.
A high degree of automation, smart production overall, and product quality are all topping the priority lists for cake manufacturers. Cake line specialists share their observations regarding all the technical aspects of manufacturing products that answer to consumer preferences and production requirements.
On behalf of Verhoeven Bakery Equipment Family, Maarten van der Coer, sales director, and Rogier Vos, commercial product manager Vacuum Cooling & Baking Solutions, notice the demand for high-quality cake lines and more premium (luxury) products. Among the requested features they note high-end solutions for depositing, baking (ovens), cooling (for which the company’s answer is vacuum cooling & baking), and the possibility to produce a variety of products on one line/installation. “The market demands a wide variety of products, different sizes and shapes, and many different flavor combinations.
We recently built a combination cake line for a customer who used this installation to produce cake products and also sweet pies; a good example of a combination line,” the specialists detail.
Arda Baydar, sales manager, Cake Concepts, shared the company’s know-how from two perspectives: “On the product side, we frequently encounter shaped requests for sandwich bread, cake and derivatives, pancake and steam cake,” she highlights. The company’s funcake technology helps produce different shapes of cakes and cake derivative products such as waffles on the same machine with rapid cake mold change. Baydar highlights the demand for waffles, tartlets and cakes that can be produced with this system. “On the other hand, sandwich products are among the popular demands, especially in Asian markets,” she stresses. In this product group, Cake Concepts sees demands for products such as ice cream sandwich pancakes, roll pancakes and shaped sandwich bread. “In addition to all these, steam cake products, which are accepted as a niche in the market and which we think are very delicious, are among our other line demand products,” the specialist adds.
On the technology side, with constantly developing features and the newest trend in industry 4.0 systems, the demands on communication among machines and industry 4.0 are quite intense at Cake Concepts. “Moreover, we jointly work on monitoring critical production information remotely in order to keep the production quality high,” reveals Baydar.
The Asian market is an important one for Cake Concepts; their high-capacity pancake systems and special depositor systems (such as the co-extrusion and double filling depositing systems that help produce many flavors on the same line), are among solutions that are highly requested on the continent.
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