Software Does the Hard Work

Current competitive economic conditions are compelling industries to increase production in a cost-effective manner. This, in turn, is leading to a rise in the demand for smart supply chain solutions aimed at optimizing processes and workflow. 

Need for quicker turnaround time and efficient utilization of resources is further driving the need for automation in industries. Therefore, increasing demand for industrial automation is a crucial factor boosting the smart supply chain solutions market across the world.

Bakers are increasingly turning from traditional offline solutions to cloud-based, IoT-enabled tools in order to efficiently meet e-commerce and Omni-channel challenges in today’s market.

Cybake is one example of a software solution used by retail and wholesale bakeries of all sizes, from small artisan bakers up to large independent retail chains, to cut the time they spend on administration, improve their efficiency and to increase sales.

Cybake processes orders and manages production, invoicing, store inventory, labels, waste, and deliveries. It also provides detailed reporting, analysis and, more recently, business intelligence.

Jane Tyler, managing director, RedBlack Software & Cybake USA told European Baker & Biscuit about identifying the market need for such a product and developing the solution that would satisfy this need.

“Twenty one years ago, I was asked by a local independent craft baker to create a PC-based management program for his business. He liked it so much that word got around other bakers, who then contacted us. Things evolved from there, and we always developed the software in really close collaboration with our bakers. Around six years ago, we started to plough our resources into a new, cloud-based version of Cybake, which we eventually released in 2018. This led to us going international due to demand from bakery businesses all around the world,” Tyler recalls.

How it Works

There are no hardware requirements, as Tyler explains. “It is an entirely cloud-based solution. All users have to do is connect their devices to the Internet. If a new Cybake user needs to transfer their data from spreadsheets or an old legacy computer program, we help them make a fast and smooth transition.”

When talking about the advantages of implementing such a tool, Tyler says that “getting your business organized with a single, clear and consistent view of operations brings its own automatic rewards. However, the core process that wholesale bakers often struggle with is taking orders, processing orders, putting them into production, and producing accurate invoices and paperwork that allow for returns, standing orders and so on. Cybake automates this whole process and it does exactly the same for retail bakery chains too. Cybake makes sure that the bakery is making the right products at the right times and getting them to the right shops in the right quantities.”

Production Line Monitoring

Electronic Controls Design (ECD)’s M.O.L.E. MAP software is another example of a powerful data collection and analysis solution that complements their portable thermal profiler, the BakeWATCH M.O.L.E.®. BakeWATCH, which is designed to accompany baked goods and food products as they travel through ovens and freezers.

Ray Pearce, ECD BakeWATCH Product Manager says the software features a unique S-curve management tool that utilizes the patented Breadometer™ thermal sensor to manage yeast kill, gelatinization and arrival regimes. “All are calculated automatically and reported as percentages of total bake time. This enables the user to make the necessary adjustments needed to optimize crumb set, texture and moisture content and ultimately increases yield and profitability.” The specialist tells us that additional sensors can be employed to measure and control ovens, proofers, and blast freezers. All by using the same hardware and software platform.

You can read the rest of this article in the November/December Issue of European Baker & Biscuit magazine, which you can access by clicking here.

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