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SPOTLIGHT

The idea is to be able to produce a round cake but also,
with a minimum change, you are able to produce large
baking sheets that you could then cut into smaller,
individual portions, or possibly a square or rectangular type
of cake. By doing that your offerings are much larger."
Luc Imberechts, Bakon Food Equipment

Terry Neithercut, business
development manager for British
Columbia-based Unifiller Systems
Inc., said she works with grocers
to ensure they have the ability
to differentiate their products
and continually switch up the
kinds of cakes they have to offer
customers - often dependent
on flavors and colors that go
with key holidays and events
throughout the year.
"Unifiller solutions are
versatile - making it easy for the
commissary to produce exciting
new offerings," Neithercut said.
"The equipment is also modular
- this allows the commissary
to step up production. Efficient
commissary production allows
the chain to offer different
products (maybe a different
icing) as a special or for holiday
sales. When production happens
at the store level - it can be
difficult to get all of the locations
making and offering the same
product."
She highlighted Unifiller's
Cake-O-Matic 1000i which is
designed to make icing and
decorating cakes easy. The
machine can change icing
texture from batch to batch and
can function as a standalone
machine or as part of a
production line.
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The Cake-O-Matic 1000i's
features include:
x Servo controlled
turntable station
x Optional cake/cardboard
centering table
x Manual cake touch-up mode
at the push of a button
x Fill/ice middle layers;
Top and side icing
x 4 product cylinder
sizes available
x 14 US Gallon conical hopper
Neithercut highlighted that
Unifiller works with grocers to
match individual production level
needs from single machines to
fully automated lines that can
guide cake production from start
to finish. Unifiller's equipment
can be used with a variety of
different attachments to make
unique products, and machines
can be added to or removed from
a production line at any time.
"Often commissaries struggle
with just trying to keep up," she
said. "When they become more
efficient and can build inventory
- they can get creative and
produce new offerings for their
customers."

Unifiller's new depositor
ideal for large volume
Unifiller launched its iFill
Depositor in May, a machine
aimed toward bakery and food
producers looking to deposit

large volumes - up to 31 ounces
- in a single deposit, using a
simple and compact depositor.
Designed specifically for the
needs of central kitchens, retail
and instore bakeries, the iFill
depositor is already used by one
of the largest grocery chains
in the United States. Featuring
an ergonomic 1-inch handheld
nozzle with a 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.
"There are growing factors
impacting the way food
producers work," said Sonia
Bal, director of marketing
at Unifiller. "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

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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.
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.

Bakon's newest machine
enhances worker safety
Earlier this year, Bakon
introduced a robotic arm to its
lineup of bakery production
machinery. Designed to work
with Bakon's Gearwheel
Depositor, the computerized arm
carries out repetitive tasks such
as exchanging baking trays.
The robotic arm works by
taking trays from the rack and
placing them in the correct place
underneath the heads of the
depositor with controlled 2- or
3- dimensional movement so
products can be deposited into
virtually any shape. The arm then
takes the product-filled baking
tray and places it back on the rack.

BAKON

Leave room for flavor - and
design differentiations, too


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