Reliable solutions for bakery goods production
In many countries, the production of bakery goods is one of the largest and fastest-growing segments in the food industry. Minebea Intec offers a unique range of products and services for the various tasks in this area. The challenges posed by this growing demand include trends like consumers’ desire for healthier, vegan or vegetarian products and the clear labelling of ingredients on packaging. Producers of bakery goods also have to contend with increasing environmental requirements and present their products in a more environmentally conscious manner. Even societal changes like the rise in single-person households and increasing mobility affect the industry: packaging sizes and the way that products are prepared change and present growing challenges for producers of food products and bakery goods.
As one of the leading manufacturers internationally of industrial weighing and inspection technology, Minebea Intec supplies flexible, high-performance solutions for each of these sets of processes in the baked goods industry.
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- Compliance with standards and legal requirements
- Protecting brand image through product quality and safety
- The correct use of metal detectors or X-ray inspection equipment
Increasing requirements for production technology
With the demand for food growing exponentially worldwide, a much higher level of automation is required in the industry – and this includes the production of bakery goods. Before the end consumer can buy and enjoy their baked goods, there are a lot of processes to complete: the required raw materials are delivered, production, the products then need to be packaged up, the final step is to dispatch the goods.
High-precision, reliable technology is needed to inspect the baked goods in virtually every single one of the work steps described above in order to guarantee the large quantities required at a consistently high level of quality. Silo weighing solutions and floor scales record the exact material quantities during the various production phases and truck scales perform the same task at goods receipt and goods issue. Checkweighers record the product weight for quality assurance purposes. Metal and X-ray inspection systems ensure during various process stages that the end products do not contain anything other than the desired ingredients.
“With our unique portfolio of products and services, we offer a wide range of solutions worldwide for this special market, covering everything from receipt of the raw materials to the finished end product.”
Director Marketing, Strategy and Business Development,
at Minebea Intec.
The right solution for every process step Increase the quality, speed and safety in your production
Needs-based, flexible checkweighing
Packaged bakery goods are checkweighed after the actual production process is complete for quality management purposes, to make sure that the product weight is correct and that the product is complete. Many bakery goods producers check their products using random samples, which are checkweighed using static scales. One solution that Minebea Intec offers for this task is Combics – a series of verifiable industrial bench scales that can be tailored to the required maximum capacities and resolutions. The Combics series also offers a special single-workstation solution for the pre-packaging checking of bakery goods, which is particularly useful in smaller-scale production processes. Automatic statistics and printouts as well as graphical evaluations on the scale display help users with their day-to-day tasks.
The cost-effective checkweigher solution
Essentus is an innovative solution and meets the needs of our customers who have clearly defined requirements for these systems.
We are often asked for a simple, inexpensive entry-level model that enables reliable, precise check weighing and classification on the packaging line. That’s where the Essentus efficiency, which offers the essential weighing functions, comes in. For customers who require more, the Essentus performance offers a checkweigher with advanced capabilities.
100-percent sample reliability on the packaging line
Checkweighers are used to ensure 100-percent sample reliability on the packaging line. Their integrated separation systems make sure that any defective products are removed from the product flow without stopping the production process. They also help to improve production efficiency using the checkweighing data that they collect.
Minebea Intec offers a variety of checkweighers for these tasks. They can be configured in accordance with individual requirements and, if customers have very specific requirements, customised versions can even be produced. With Flexus, we are offering users high-resolution load cell technology that enables maximum throughput with absolute precision even at high process speeds of up to 2.6 m/s.
Freefall metal detection system
The freefall metal detection system Vistus ensures the reliable inspection and removal of metallic foreign bodies from any kind of food products in powder or granule form that is transported with the use of gravity through a pipe, e.g. milk powder, wheat, nuts or cornflakes.
- Minimum installation height for easy integration into any application
- True In-Process Validation. This functionality guarantees correct performance testing
- Cost effective control of up to four search coils via one terminal
Reliable X-ray inspections
The X-ray inspection systems in our Dymond series are extremely versatile and are ideal for inspecting packaged bakery goods at the end of the production process, for instance. The systems reliably detect foreign objects in the product and enables hollow spaces to be detected in products and check whether the product contents fill the entire packaging. Whether the food products are dry or liquid, in cartons, bags or portion packs makes no difference to these systems. To meet the individual requirements of each production line, Minebea Intec offers three different Dymond models with belt widths of 200 mm to 800 mm. Multi-track applications with up to eight tracks are also possible with Dymond.
Process Vessel Weighing (hygienic solutions)
Our process vessel weighing solutions for hygienic applications are developed to be also used in the cosmetically industry. They facilitate easy cleaning and thorough inspection, with surfaces that are highly resistant to cleaning with aggressive agents.
Universal recipe management software
Release 3.5 of ProRecipe XT offers bakeries powerful, universal recipe management software that can be used for manual formulation and weighing, as well as automated processes. The software’s simple menu guidance helps to make processes more efficient and reliable, while the comprehensive documentation of the weighing process and a host of reporting options improve transparency in the recipe process. What’s more, the entry of information using bar code readers prevents the potential errors caused by manual entry.
Both SPC@Enterprise and ProRecipe XT are able to communicate with ERP and MES systems via flexible interfaces and can therefore be integrated in existing structures and systems. Thanks to their modular design, both software applications can be expanded if users are ramping up production.
Process control of batches and recipes in production
The integrated control system makes it easy to automate weighing and process batch applications. The software Batch-PMS can be easily integrated into existing network and system infrastructures of various industries. It includes modules for process control, production management, recipe management, data management and many further options.
- Simple and modular operating concept including multi-user operation
- Easy integration into existing network and system infrastructures
- Outstanding connectivity
- High data safety including integrated backup functionality
Innovative software for process optimisation
Besides sophisticated hardware systems designed in accordance with hygiene standards, the related software is another important factor in the production of high-quality bakery goods. Minebea Intec has a range of innovative options in its portfolio for producers in this area, too. The statistical process control software SPC@Enterprise helps manufacturers to guarantee product quality, food safety and productivity.
The current release of SPC@Enterprise 4.0, offers users a comprehensive tool that combines the logging of samples and automatic in-process checks for the food industry. It also enables the efficient networking of various equipment and systems from Minebea Intec and other suppliers, rapid process control thanks to a powerful monitoring program, the easy creation of production and verification statistics, and simple data backup options to minimise the risk of data loss.
Minebea Intec – a highly diversified partner for the entire product life cycle
„In the production of bakery goods, like in the food industry as a whole, many products involve very specific requirements throughout large parts of the production process, such as for product handling. In situations where our standard systems no longer cover these requirements, our Global Solutions Department will advise users, and we will then come up with customer-specific solutions that meet all of that user’s specific requirements."
Director Marketing, Strategy and Business Development,
at Minebea Intec