Taking Heat From the Baking Industry

Industrial automation and process applications requiring a chiller or heat exchanger can come in all types of shapes and sizes, and cooling capacity demands can range from a few hundred Btu/hr. for bench top lab equipment to many million Btu/hr. for laser applications.

Chiller sizing for large-scale end users such as beverage, chemical or plastics manufacturing usually will demand central systems to achieve the massive cooling capacity requirements compared with small- to medium-range point of use automation applications. These unique differences become more challenging for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as machine designers must anticipate a wide range of end-user operating environments and operator skill levels when specifying chillers or heat exchangers in contrast to end-user facilities where cooling capacity requirements are location specific and operator skill levels are known.

Burford Corporation, a baking equipment OEM, had to undergo this learning path so they reached out to SMC Corporation of America, an automation components manufacturer, for help in improving machine performance in their spray applicators used to enhance the browning process of hamburger buns prior to the baking.

Burford Corporation’s spray applicators are used to enhance the browning process of hamburger buns before baking.

Practical Solutions Through Innovation

Burford Corporation, Maysville, Oklahoma, a division of Middleby since 2017, was founded in 1961 and has been a trusted brand in industrial baking of hamburger, hot dog and hoagie buns for decades. It is the inventor of the Twist Tie machine that seals the bags of bread loaves; they have since expanded their product offerings to seed topping applicators, pan oilers, pan shakers, splitting and dough imprinting equipment, as well as spraying and glazing equipment.

Burford® was awarded a 2020 American Society of Baking (ASB) Innovation Award on Operational Excellence for its Smart Pattern Splitter that uses low-pressure water which replaced cutting knives to split the top of bakery products in a wide variety of patterns controlled by a servo motor before the baking process. This innovation not only enhanced operator safety, it also dramatically increased the versatility of the designs on the bakery products at the touch of a screen in a matter of seconds.

With this commitment to product innovation and customer satisfaction, Burford’s Director of Operations, Brian Risch, reached out to Grant Blood at SMC to consult on opportunities Burford identified to enhance the performance of their spray applicators.

Burford worked with SMC to enhance the performance of its spray applicator.


Spray Applicators for Industrial Baking

As any home baker will know, before bread dough is baked, the top side will usually be brushed with an egg wash, a thin coat of milk, honey or butter in order to create an appetizing brown coloring and crunchy crust. In industrial baking settings, automation is adopted as a sensible alternative to manual processes for attaining higher throughput when food safety, operator safety, quality and taste are not compromised.

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