MECATHERM recently announced the launch of MECAPATISSERIE, a production line dedicated to patisserie products. With this new line, MECATHERM’s supports patisserie manufacturers with a solution ensuring product quality, industrial performance and flexibility to meet the new challenges imposed by the market.
To adapt to these demands, manufacturers need to ensure:
- flexibility, to be able to easily innovate;
- manufacturing a wide variety of products;
- rapidly getting the product to market.
Flexibility is also a lever to respond to seasonality, a particular characteristic of the patisserie market, where a significant part of the consumption is traditionally associated with celebrations or feasts.
Product quality is guaranteed thanks to high-precision baking of homogeneous products, with the highest levels of hygiene throughout the process.
The new line ensures industrial performance, with minimal product losses and optimized operation of the production line for profitability.
The MECAPATISSERIE line consists of a baking circuit and a cooling and freezing circuit. Equipment from partners can be integrated upstream for mixing and dosing of ingredients, downstream for packaging or personalization at any stage of the process. This baking system consists of:
- the M-TA oven with flexible technology,
- an MVD cooler including a buffer system,
- an MVS freezer with dual infeed,
- depanning solutions that can accommodate several types of tools (needles, vacuum, fingers).
To minimize the risk of contamination as products leave the baking area, and to guarantee the best hygienic conditions, the MECAPATISSERIE line has a separate cooling circuit (completely independent from the baking circuit) as well as dedicated cooling trays. The products are removed from the baking trays and then placed on cooling trays just after leaving the oven, avoiding the risk of contamination in this sensitive area. The line is also equipped with a tray washer, which can clean the baking trays as well as the cooling supports.
Finally, the line is equipped with a storage gantry for automatic trays changeovers. M-Plan and M-Pilot management tools are also incorporated to optimize the productivity and efficiency of the line.
The MECAPATISSERIE line has been designed so that manufacturers can produce a wide range of patisserie products, simple or composed, fresh or frozen, in multiple configurations. At each stage of production, the line allows for the integration of several stages of product customization, with the guarantee of optimizing productivity.
The compact and independent baking zones, the multiple combinations of heating modes associating convection and radiation and the precise management of air flows make the M-TA oven particularly suitable and effective for the production of all patisserie products, from muffins to macarons and pies.
After baking, the cooling circuit is fitted with a buffer where products leaving the oven are stored in case the production line downstream of the cooler is stopped. Therefore, MVD cooler and its integrated buffer increase production efficiency and reduce product losses.
The MVS freezer used in MECAPATISSERIE has a dual infeed. Integrated into the production line, it can receive products coming from the line or can be used independently i.e. as stand-alone equipment. This system of dual infeed increases possible options. For example, the line can freeze simple products coming from the cooler, or complex products which will require additional assembling operations, or even patisserie products from another line.
“Our expertise in baking is a strength on which we have to develop our first production line exclusively dedicated to patisserie products. With the performance and precision of our M-TA oven, we have combined equipment to offer a particularly flexible, efficient, performant and high-quality solution. It allows our customers to adapt to the fast-moving patisserie market in the best possible conditions,” said François Retailleau, lines product manager at MECATHERM.