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Choosing a versatile dough divider is the ﬁrst step toward
a tight crumb structure white bread, he can do so on the same
improving efficiency in sandwich bread production, one that
divider with a simple changeover," McIsaac says.
can easily produce a wide range of sandwich breads.
One of the easiest ways retail and wholesale bakeries can
Bakers must ask, Can the divider run more than a single type of
improve efficiency in the production of both breads and other
product? Will it be able to run the products we want to run in
products is to identify when it makes sense to invest in equip-
the future? Will it be able to run the variety of products I need
ment, according to Craig Kominiak, sales consultant for Erika
to fully utilize my line?
Record Baking Equipment.
"Efficiencies can be improved in a number of ways: from
As a general rule of thumb, equipment purchasing tends to
versatility in your dough divider to portioning accuracy to
make ﬁnancial sense for bakeries that are spending a large
having the ability to add high-speed, multi-lane function-
chunk of time producing a product and/or using a large portion
ality to your line," says John McIsaac, vice president, strategic
of labor to address production.
combines the advantages of pocket divider quality with extru-
"In our experience, retail bakers often make the jump into one
sion divider efficiencies into one machine. The Vemag is easily
of our industry leading divider/rounder solutions when they
adjustable to produce a wide range of exact-weight portions,
ﬁnd themselves hand scaling, hand dividing, and/or hand
crumb structures and dough absorptions."
rounding for hours at a time during a typical day," Kominiak
says. "Likewise, they may also consider our divider/rounder
The Vemag divider is based on double-screw technology.
equipment if multiple employees are being dedicated to
With a fully adjustable vacuum system and fully adjustable
their bread making process. For wholesale bakeries, they will
hopper infeed system, Reiser can match the system to the
consider our automatic, multi-row divider/rounder options
product and the rates. The machine is recipe driven and
when they have maxed out production using our traditional
variables are simply changed from product to product with
minimal operator intervention. "We also have the option of
swapping out the double-screw for big changes in product. If
For retail bakeries, the Erika Record Semi RH Divider/Rounder
a customer wants to run a fully open variety bread, as well as
is a great option as an entry level model. For wholesale, a
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business development for Reiser. "Our Vemag Dough Divider