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SPOTLIGHT

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."

UNIFILLER

Sonia Bal, Unifiller
out of the minds of consumers.
Nearly a third of US households
are made up of three of more
individuals, a setting where fullsized cakes still make sense.
"You need quite a lot of
flexibility in the production
line and that's why we believe
in offering lines that are very
modular so that you're not always
producing the same 9-inch round
cake," Imberechts said. "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."
Imberechts suggests that
commissaries and central
kitchens build production
lines with a few points of

transfer-meaning shorter
conveyer belts instead of one
long conveyer belt.
"Usually you give a cake line
different stations. For instance, at
the first station, you deposit filling
and then you have more stations
with specific building actions," he
said. "Say after station number
two, you want to add something
new. With shorter conveyer belts
you can squeeze in another
machine and then you build
more flexibility."
Bakon's modular cake line
can consist of the following
machines:
*	 BD-9: piston depositor
*	 Gearwheel depositor
*	 Multi-lane piston depositor
*	 Enrober (waterfall) or drizzler
*	 Dry particulates applicator
*	 Robotic arm
*	 Syrup/glaze sprayer
*	 Ultrasonic cutter

UNIFILLER TEAMS UP WITH
APEX MOTION CONTROL TO
L AUNCH NEW CAKE STACKER
by Brian Amick
Unifiller Systems has announced its latest innovation, the
Cake Stacker module designed by Apex Motion Control Inc,
and exclusively distributed by Unifiller.
The Cake Stacker is a module addition to Unifiller's automated
cake icing systems for round and sheet layer cakes. It is
used to automatically assemble layer cakes following a
unique Unifiller Servo midfill system and before the cakes are
conveyed for top and side icing and decorating.
Due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
and to other long-term factors, the baking industry is
currently facing a shortage of skilled labor. The Cake Stacker
is ideal for bakery plants with volume cake production, able
to stack up to 30 individual cake layers a minute for round,
quarter and half-sheet cakes. Typical cake production is
usually for 2- to 4-layer cakes.
"Assuming a production rate of 10 cakes per minute, two
people would normally be required for manual cake layer
stacking in a high production facility," said Andy Sigrist,
special projects consultant at Unifiller. "The Cake Stacker
reduces labor to one person responsible only for final
adjustment of already assembled cakes."
The Cake Stacker offers start, stop and emergency stop
integration with other machines, specifically Unifiller
equipment.

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