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Continuous Innovation
Cake production represents a very creative side of the bakery industry. So,
product innovations take place continuously.
"The changes are driven by the creativity of our customers, the everchanging consumer demand and the availability of new technologies," explains Luc Imberechts, owner of Bakon USA Food Equipment, citing as one
example the possibilities offered by ultrasonic cutting of full sheets of cakes.
"We are hearing more automation and the strong interest in our modular
approach. We also see more attention to sanitation and to the ease of cleaning of our units, and also to the sanitary design."
As the bakeries embrace more sophisticated automation processes, the
industry is rapidly evolving and gaining higher effficiences - as well as improved profitability.
"We see more integration. So, we strongly believe that our modular approach offers real advantages to our customers," Imberechts says. "The introduction of robotic arms to work in combination with the depositors offers more flexibility."
During the International Baking Industry Exposition 2019 tradeshow in
Las Vegas, Bakon introduced its new generation of Bakon Depositors under
the name BD. The BD line is the result of Bakon's global experience in depositing solutions, from piston depositors (single and multiple pistons) to
gearwheel depositors and extruders.
"Our equipment is designed with standard well-known, high-quality components that are available on a worldwide basis. This is true for the pneumatic components - SMC Pneumatics - but also PLCs, integrated controls
by Allen-Bradley," he says.
The BD-3 is the table-top unit. This is the first unit an operator should buy
when thinking of scaling up from the piping bag, Bakon recommends.
On the other end of the range, the BD-9 can work with a unique level of accuracy thanks to the servo-driven cylinder. The operator can program the unit
with the full-color display. It can be equipped with Bakon's cake decorator.
For more complex applications and when speed is crucial or extra flexibility is required, two units can work together or Bakon can add a robotic
arm to the BD-9.  It can also be attached to a conveyor belt for a more automated approach.

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Unifiller Systems, a global leader in
portioning equipment and a subsidiary of
the Linxis Group of Companies, recently
introduced the iFill Depositor. The machine
is intended for bakery and food producers
looking to deposit large volumes - up to
31 ounces - in a single deposit, using a
simple and compact depositor. Featuring
an ergonomic 1-inch handheld nozzle with
5-foot food grade flexible product hose and
a choice of two product cylinders, the iFill
depositor pumps and portions product
directly from any bowl or container.
Capable of up to 100 cycles a minute, the
iFill depositor is ideal for flowable products
without particulates. Customers who have
purchased the equipment have been able
to speed up production, increase yield,
optimize their labor, and better manage
their product waste.   
"There are growing factors impacting
the way food producers work," explains
Sonia Bal, director of marketing at
Unifiller Systems. "Over the years, changes
in minimum wage, fewer people entering
the trades, and boomers transitioning to
retirement have all led to the need for more
automation. More recently, COVID-19 has
demonstrated that businesses are heavily
impacted when staff are difficult to retain
due to health and safety concerns. The
current pandemic has been eye-opening.
Automating what was previously done
by hand - for example, using the iFill for
batter depositing - can simplify a business'
daily operations."
The iFill includes optional attachments
such as a pail shelf to keep product
containers off the floor to avoid
contaminants, and an optional pie wand for
easy pie filling, even on the rack. Although
Unifiller expects this new equipment to
be used mostly for cake batters and pie
fillings, the application possibilities are
endless.

BAKON USA FOOD EQUIPMENT

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