American bakers will find familiar faces in iba’s U.S. pavilion as they explore the world-class show floor this fall.
AMF Bakery Systems, a Markel Food Group company, will feature an immersive demonstration of its equipment at work through Augmented Reality (AR) technology. New equipment innovations will reflect AMF’s investment in sanitary redesign for core equipment solutions. AMFConnect, engineered for smart, connected bakeries, will allow visitors to discover how the digital transformation of a bakery improves visibility and minimizes downtime while synchronizing the entire production line. Visitors also will learn how to build higher performing teams through AMFMethod, the company’s training technology.
AMF also is launching its new APEX Bread System, which allows bakers to automate processes for more efficient baking and improved profitability. For bread production up to 4,500 loaves per hour, the system delivers the same high-quality production capabilities that bakers around the world have experienced with the APEX Bun System. Providing consistent dough delivery throughout the entire makeup process, it incorporates direct-drive mixing and dough-cooling technology with reliable dough transfers. The bread make-up technology incorporates AMF’s patented BreadFlex Divider for accurate scaling with its low-stress sheeter, moulder and panner.
American Pan, a Bundy Baking Solution, will offer the latest in pan and equipment technology at iba, showcasing TabLock baking screen samples and a variety of other innovative pans from its new European stock pan program. There also will be a live display of the SMART Pan Tracking system.
This system provides bakeries with precise data to monitor pan coating life and line efficiency. It also enables continuous improvement and a means to anticipate service needs within an operation. When installed on bakery conveyors, it is designed to trigger both a pan sensor and pan code reader to collect time-stamped data from coded pans and to provide reports. It tracks the number of cycles or bakes, theoretical yield (measuring scrap, lost product or productivity shortfalls), gaps in line activity and efficiency, and pan coating life. The data is then automatically uploaded to a secure, password-protected website where bakers can easily review reports, run analytics, and download metrics and raw data.
Auto-Bake, a Middleby Bakery Group company and designer and supplier of fully automated industrial baking ovens and systems, will showcase its Serpentine technology in Middleby Bakery Group’s pavilion. Auto-Bake’s compact, cost-efficient continuous baking solutions are custom-configured for a diverse range of baking applications. Beyond cakes and pastry there are three significant growth categories where Auto-Bake will showcase its technology: ready-made meals, artisan/specialty breads and pet food.
At iba, Auto-Bake will share its booth with Hinds-Bock and Firex, a manufacturer of advanced cooking systems that will have its industrial sauce maker on display. Attendees are invited to the Middleby pavilion and theatre to discuss Auto-Bake’s latest innovations.
Burford Corp., a Middleby Bakery Group company, will showcase its closure units and topping machines this year. From the company’s twist tyers to tapers, Burford provides various closure needs. The taper provides tamper evidence and the capability of printing on the tape. Also on display will be the new RT1040 Rotary Topper, which replaced the model 9200 series with electronic updates and a more sanitary design. Both entry-level machines were designed for smaller bakeries that are still closing packages or applying topping by hand. They are designed to help these operations take the next step of automation while saving labor.
Burford’s display in the Middleby pavilion will feature the Model 2200M Smart Servo, Model TCS400MR Tape Closure System and the Model RT1040 Rotary Topper w/Model FD1040 Flour Duster.
Burford also will feature its Model EL54C Entry Level Tyer and its Model EL90 Entry Level Topper at the Sveba-Dahlen booth in Hall A6, booth No. 311. Attendees are invited to stop by, learn more and have some popcorn at the Middleby Bakery Group theatre or eat a fresh baked pastry at the Middleby Bakery Group Cafe.
Cavanna will be showcasing its robotic wrapping solution, the G-44. The company also will feature a dedicated area for service and a virtual reality experience.
The service portion of the Cavanna booth will present innovations in preventative maintenance, as well as provide educational opportunities for ensuring safe seals and lasting shelf life. Cavanna also will demonstrate a new approach to bio-based wrapping materials from renewable sources.
The G-44 is based on a vision system with high-resolution linear cameras, and it is made for delicate products with an irregular shape like croissants. The G-44 robotic unit, equipped with two Delta arms, takes croissants transported on a conveyor at 120 to 150 products per minute and places them directly on the wrapper’s “chainless” infeed.
The advantages of using this machine, which will be on display and discussed throughout the booth, include reduced sliding surfaces, lower cleaning times due to fewer number of components installed on a line, and labor reduction. The robot unit is complete with a flowwrapper model Zero4.
Experts from Formost Fuji will be on hand to review products, discuss packaging opportunities and help bakers find a solution best suited for their needs. Visitors are invited to stop by and use the company’s touch screen application to quickly find videos and equipment details by product, industry or machine type. The Formost Fuji product case will contain packaged samples that are available for attendees to handle and examine, providing ideas for film/bag type, sealing quality and packaging capabilities.
On display at the booth will be the Formost GTS Bagger with the latest computer and electronics systems. Gentle product handling along with the innovative bag opening system are just a few of the features that the company will highlight. Built to operate at speeds up to 90 packages per minute, the GTS was designed for bagging a wide range of products covering multiple industries. Attendees can ask about automation solutions that are integrated with the GTS bagger. These include the complete inline bun and bagel/English muffin systems, along with the premium bread wrapper system with pass-through technology.
Hinds-Bock, a Middleby Bakery Group company, will be ready to discuss the many industrial bakery equipment solutions it offers. Its booth will have two large screen monitors with the latest product application videos, as well as a self-serve digital information center that allows visitors to select an application and choose the right piece of equipment or system for that application.
At this year’s iba, the new mini-dessert line and donut finishing system will be topics of discussion, according to the company.
The mini-dessert line is an automated system that was created to answer the production problems associated with the labor-intensive and portion-sensitive production of mini products such as muffins, snack cakes, brownies and mini cheesecake. All systems can be designed specific to baker applications and typically include multi-piston batter depositor, cup denester, crumb and tamp station, and dry or wet topping station.
Kwik Lok’s booth will feature a wide range of demonstrations for attendees. The company’s customizable closure labels will be on display, showing how they provide a variety of flexible labeling solutions that can drive sales and bold promotion messaging. Whether bakers are simply looking to be seen or want to amplify their marketing message, Kwik Lok will be showcasing solutions.
Kwik Lok closure labels have been shown to increase sales up to 40%, according to the company. They can help gain incremental shelf and display space, link promotions with Immediate Redemption (IRC) and Quick Response (QR) codes, as well as bounce-back coupons and cross-brand, product and in-store promotions. Attendees are invited to visit the booth to see how versatility, customization and Kwik Lok’s art and design services can give them the tools to stand out among the competition.
Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), a Markel Food Group company, will feature several new baking technologies and innovative snack systems in an interactive booth at iba. RBS will display an Exact Mixing HDX continuous mixing system for buns and feature the new Thomas L. Green Servo Wirecut Machine.
The wirecut machine offers more control and flexibility, as well as better safety features and easier sanitation. The machine is ideal for producing a variety of cookies, biscuits and bar products at high throughput yields of up to 300 cuts per minute while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and consistent piece weights. The machine uniformly cuts individual shapes by an adjustable wireframe assembly. The recipe-driven linear servo motors provide an infinite number of cam profiles to control wire positioning, stroke length, drop- and up-shoot, and adjustments can be made easily via the integrated touchscreen interface.
Reading Thermal will feature the SCORPION oven profiling solutions specifically developed for bread and bun bakers. These solutions include the Pan+Dough Probe and the Temp+Airflow Sensor Array. The Pan+Dough Probe helps bakers achieve consistent Bake Cycle S-Curves. It is a fixed-position dough interface/core temperature measuring device that works with the SCORPION 2 System to provide accurate, repeatable data that are not possible with hand-placed thermocouple probes. The Temp+Airflow Sensor Array is used to simultaneously profile temperature and airflow across the width of large tray and grid conveyor ovens.
Reading Thermal also will be giving away a new SCORPION Food Safety System to one show attendee. This system simplifies the kill step validation of the baking process. It allows bakers to collect five product core temperature measurements and automatically generate the KSV Lethality report.
At iba, attendees can experience the latest in pan and equipment technology from Shaffer, a Bundy Baking Solution. The company will unveil its new Select Series mixers, designed to offer excellent mixing and dough development and machine durability.
The all stainless-steel construction combined with water-tight enclosures and an open frame provide a mix of simple and sanitary design. The mixer drive system and operator controls are made up of well-known, commonly stocked components that simplify mixer operation and maintenance. The bowl tilt system can be configured to allow forward and reverse tilt if required. Select Series Mixers are available with Shaffer’s patented VerTech refrigeration jacket, which offers the a durable and energy-efficient bowl cooling solution.
Spooner Vicars, a Middleby Bakery Group company, will showcase the Vortex high-speed horizontal mixer for cookie, biscuit, cracker and other similar hard and soft doughs. Spooner Vicars’ sprag, a fixed stator inside the bowl, allows the dough to be folded, sheared and kneaded thoroughly. Research has shown this reduces mix times significantly. Temperature is important, and the sprag houses a temperature sensor to monitor this while the bowl is jacketed to permit water circulation from an external source to maintain the ideal bowl temperature.
Capacities range from 350 to 2,400 kg (770 to 5,300 lb). The 750-kg (1,600 lb) mixer uses a 90-kW heavy-duty variable-frequency drive with programmable speed and slow start ramps to handle torque when switching from low- to high-speed cycles.
Visitors are invited to experience the next generation makeup line featuring a variety of improvements. The most notable development is the detachable manifold assembly, which can roll away and allow for easier cleaning. It is removed from the main divider body without the use of tools. The manifold itself also can be cleaned by removing the inspection cover without tools. The main divider body essentially serves as a dough pump and can attach to a manifold assembly of the customer’s choice.
The exterior of the dough divider is now a hygienic wash-down design, and the overhead proofer is easier to clean. Overhead side panels are removable with one simple tool for safety. Single swing-away bottom panels make it easier to dispose of accumulated flour dust.