Advanced machinery, production lines, and manufacturing procedures have long been staples of the industrial baking industry. But what are some of the most recent innovations to enter the market? For most of us, it’s bewildering how so many successful brands can make their industrially produced products taste like scratch-made bread. Commercially produced bake goods like this are now more common because new precision technology for industrial-scale bakeries enables them to exist.
Bakeries that want their products to reflect more of an artisanal item, yet still need to produce and distribute them in high volumes, have recently come to rely on automated technologies to complete their bakery lines. Nonetheless, many food manufacturing plants continue to put off automating because several common misconceptions lead their owners to believe the process is cost-prohibitive. Such businesses have forgotten that automated machinery and equipment are implementable in stages and, depending on your situation, can even be financed to offset any steep upfront costs.
Automation has undeniably improved modern industrial bread production to the point where most of the goods produced in factory settings are no longer associated with low-quality bread. Automated industrial equipment allows you to program your manufacturing equipment with precision to yield a product with a handmade-like, crunchy exterior that harbors the soft and fragrant interior most bread consumers enjoy.
Research shows that bread buyers have only grown more discerning over the last several years, paying more attention to the final details of the food products they consume than ever. Any season baker will tell you that it’s not merely the ingredients that go into producing an exceptional baked item. Complete control over the production process itself is equally critical. New software solutions for industrial bakeries help production plants like yours lengthen resting and leavening times to produce products that demonstrate the artisanal appeal for which many bakery customers are eager to pay extra.
More efficient production lines
New hygienically designed automated industrial production equipment gives many bakers a safer and more efficient means of delivering their products. The latest industrial food processing technologies are both scalable and customizable, allowing bakery owners to implement the solutions in stages and scale their operations while manufacturing a more diverse line of products.
Automated industrial equipment for the baking industry is ostensibly more adaptable than standard machinery. These modern solutions support adaptive modular structures, allowing you to produce as many unique recipes as your brand aims to develop. In bread-making, each baked product corresponds to a specific type of dough and mother yeast, with its own hydration requirements. The latest automated software and information controls for bakeries let you manage all of them without acquiring more equipment that demands additional warehouse space.
Recent innovations in automated machinery have allowed bakery lines to become more versatile while introducing low-stress processing techniques that ensure a stress-free dough. Presuming they have the factory space and a limited line of products, companies will often designate specific production lines for processing specific doughs after automating them. This increased control over your production allows you to develop unique products that compete with handmade goods produced at a much smaller scale.
Adaptable, flexible modular production lines let you make the necessary adjustments for producing a wide range of bread products in various shapes and sizes. After minimal effort, the newest automated industrial bakery equipment enables you to incorporate a rounding machine into your production line for items like doughnuts and burger buns. The rounding machine module will transform square dough portions into rounded loaves that reflect your preferred shapes.
Above all, a well-automated bread-production line gives you the option of producing more bread products that compete well with those from an independent scratch-made producer. A wealth of customization options on these solutions means your production lines can handle anything you throw at them while generating a consistent product with efficiency and ease at every run. Depending on your preferred configuration, you can even send your items directly to an oven or freezer on a conveyor belt to automate what was once a manual operator-dependent procedure.
Modern bakery line equipment is both automated and adjustable according to the recipes you produce. These new manufacturing systems and their hygienic design optimize cleaning and sanitation at your factory, simplifying regulatory compliance and minimizing the chance of a recall.
Improved baking and oven solutions
The baked good you produce inform your oven requirements, while most modern bakeries choose electric ovens over the fuel oil systems that used to be an industry standard. Electric ovens are better for managing various types of heat distribution that can target and cover multiple areas of the oven. They’re also more effective for preventing issues common to fuel and oil-based ovens like surface overcooking.
Likewise, newer electric ovens are far more efficient from an energy consumption standpoint. The latest electric oven products are thermally insulated to keep in more heat and come equipped with ventilation systems to enable even or targeted heat distribution. With an automated electric oven, you can expect the same results every time because the baking will be uniform, regardless of seasonal changes in ambient air pressure.
New industrial electric oven systems are programmable to be ready for use at the start of every shift. This translates to considerable time and labor savings, not to mention reduced energy consumption. The units are easier to clean, and you can use the residual heat from the cleaning process to continue baking your goods. These new baking solutions regulate the temperature curve with precision, another feature that helps cut down on energy usage. You don’t have to keep your ovens running continuously at a high temperature. You simply lower the chamber heat values when the oven is not in use and bring them back up when you need them again.
Connecting your manufacturing system with intelligent baking solutions
If you’re interested in networking your bakery to better align it with your competitors, consider partnering with EZSoft. We write automated software solutions that control the equipment used in the pharmaceutical and food processing industries. For more on how you can access valuable real-time data to improve your bakery production through automation, fill out our online request form or call EZSoft now at (484) 568-5040.