Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What is a Spiral Freezer?

Freezing baking products provides a longer shelf-life which allows you to ship your products further, reaching more customers while also providing your customers more flexibility with your products. Flash freezing allows industrial baking products to be frozen while maintaining the quality of the product including texture, moisture, and flavor during freezing. Spiral freezers provide controlled freezing in a compact form which can freeze a high volume of product for distribution.

Benefits of Spiral Freezers

Spiral freezers, compared to tunnel freezers, can have a longer belt length to achieve the needed cooling period. They also take up less space for the same belt length than linear tunnel freezers. This is beneficial for larger items that take longer to freeze. Spiral freezers also allow for large quantities of product to be frozen at one time.

Mechanical or cryogenic freezers

Cryogenic and mechanical are the two main freezing technologies employed in spiral freezers. Cryogenic freezers immerse the product directly within a refrigerant, usually liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide. This technology often costs less up front but requires large volumes of refrigerants, creating higher operational costs. The second type of freezing technology, mechanical, resembles the same technology as residential freezers. These freezers leverage a mechanical refrigeration cycle using ammonia or carbon dioxide to cool the air inside the freezer.  

Spiral freezer options to optimize for your bakery

There are many customization options with spiral freezers that allow manufacturers to maximize the throughput in the available space while minimizing costs. This includes belt width, belt type, and product clearance. Belt width impacts how many products can be loaded at a given time. Generally, bakery production line manufacturers incorporate the widest belt possible to load more efficiently, even combining multiple production lines in one spiral freezer.  Belt types are usually either plastic or stainless steel. Stainless steel has the benefit of a higher thermal conductivity and more effectively transfers cold to the bottom of the product. Plastic belts are lighter, allowing for wider belt widths to be incorporated into a spiral freezer. Finally, product clearance designates the density of the spiral freezer, with a lower product clearance allowing for more turns, and therefore more product in the same spiral freezer. However, it is generally difficult to change the product clearance, and it should be set to the highest product that will be in production to allow your spiral freezer to be able to accommodate your entire bakery product line.

If your business is looking for a new spiral freezer, contact Artisan Capital Partners today.  We buy and sell new and used industrial baking equipment and can help you find exactly what you're looking for to increase productivity while keeping costs low.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

An Overview of Industrial Baking Equipment

Industrial baking equipment can be utilized throughout nearly the entire baking process. Depending on what products you are baking and your target production rate, some or all of the types of industrial baking equipment available may be worth evaluating for your bakery.

Dough Preparation
Dough preparation equipment turns raw ingredients into easy-to-handle balls of dough. This set of equipment includes mixing, dividing, and rounding machines. Mixing machines can mix the raw dough ingredients to your recipe’s specifications. Dividing machines will separate the dough into predefined weights for product consistency. Lastly, rounding machines will shape the dough into easy-to-manage pieces ready for the next processes in your operation.

Make-up Line
The dough make-up line takes the dough balls or dough sheets as an input and creates prepared and shaped items ready for proofing. There are many components that can be included in an industrial baking make-up line, and which components you need will depend on the specific products that you are creating in your bakery. This can include cutting, molding, strewing, depositor, and decorator machines. If you are inputting sheets of dough into your make-up line, a versatile cutting machine will cut the dough into the desired shape for a given product. This can include decorative cutting rollers that add aesthetically appealing shapes to your final products. Strewing and depositor machines can place further ingredients on or in the shaped dough. Strewing machines place dry goods such as sugar, nuts, or raisins while depositors accurately place liquids such as creams and jellies. Molding tables can then fold or roll the dough pieces into the final shape.

Proofing the dough allows the dough to rest while the yeast ferments and the dough rises. It is the final rise before baking and creates the final shape of the baking product. Proofers maintain the air inside at very specific temperature and humidity conditions to optimize how your dough rises.

Ovens and Coolers
There are a number of types of industrial baking ovens, such as tunneling, convection, and conduction ovens.Which type of oven will work best for you can depend on the products you are making, your target output, as well as the logistics of your facility.The final element in many industrial baking production lines is a cooler.Once the products are baked, coolers will safely bring the temperature of the dough to their final temperature.

Monday, June 11, 2018

How to Determine What Types of Equipment you Need to Scale your Bakery

As with any business, when the ability to meet the demand of customers cannot be accomplished with the current operational scale, it may be time to consider what is required to increase supply. With an industrial bakery operation, this may mean you are considering new bakery equipment to grow your operation. There are several types of equipment to choose from as well as methods of acquiring them, depending on your type of business and the size of your operation.

Consider your scaling and purchasing plan

Artisan Capital Partners is a supplier of multiple individual types of used industrial baking equipment, as well as complete bakery production lines. Whether you create bread, baguettes, cupcakes, cakes, or cookies, there is a commercial bakery equipment solution that can meet your needs and increase your operational output. For many businesses considering scaling their bakery operations, time and expense are large factors in their decision making. Systematically purchasing and replacing equipment over time may be the right choice for your business, based on your budget and your ability to alter your production schedule. You have the option to slowly update your equipment by purchasing and installing in sequence mixers, proofers, ovens, and packaging equipment. By purchasing equipment one or two at a time, you can also adjust your operation schedule to avoid costly interruptions.

On the other hand, installing all the equipment you need in your bakery production line at one time may be the more appropriate and cost effective solution for you. Before replacing your entire production line, consider how best to plan around such a project to minimize the impact on your operations, employees, and customers. While that planning may seem overwhelming, it is certainly possible and can be done with a skilled team including your equipment supplier, any contractors necessary, and your employees. In either purchasing plan you choose, individual equipment or complete production lines, Artisan Capital Partners can work with you to meet your business needs.

Consider used and refurbished equipment

Another important consideration for many business owners is whether to buy newly manufactured equipment or to purchase used and refurbished commercial bakery equipment. While new equipment can have many benefits, it is worth taking a look at second hand. Used bakery equipment is more cost effective, an important quality for a business in a transitional or scaling stage. Many suppliers also provide a warranty if the equipment should malfunction once installed and in operation, like Artisan Capital Partners' 90 day parts and labor warranty.  Additionally, purchasing used and refurbished commercial bakery equipment keeps high quality equipment from scrap heaps and landfills, and instead gives them new life in a new operation.