De-panning systems may bring to mind some of the more futuristic looking components of an industrial bakery production line. And while that is an accurate picture, there are many ways to de-pan product quickly and efficiently. De-panning systems are a crucial component of many industrial baking operations, and as there are a wide variety of goods produced in bakeries, there are also a variety of de-panning methods and equipment. Whether you are baking loaves of bread, cookies, or croissants, there is an industrial baking equipment solution that is right for your production line.
Suction de-panners involve a robotic arm that operates as a vacuum with suction heads that are tailored to the type of product being de-panned. These heads are typically interchangeable, and can be used in production lines for baguettes, bread, and muffins, among others. Like with most de-panners, these are highly modular and the number and arrangement of the vacuum heads can be customized to the needs of the production line.
This type of de-panner is ideal for transferring particularly delicate baked products from their trays to the cooling conveyor. It is comprised of an automated head that has rows of needles extending at an angle, which is lowered over the product so the needles pierce the center and, due to the slight angle of the needle, are able to gently lift it from its tray and deposit it on the next portion of the production line. Needle de-panners can be useful for products that might be damaged by suction de-panners, for example with flaky pastries like croissants. These de-panners also have the benefits of requiring less energy to operate and a lower noise level than their vacuum-operated counterpart.
Other types of De-panners
In addition to the de-panners outlined above, there are a few other mechanized methods for de-panning. Some de-panners will use a head with “fingers”, such as the Kaak Fakir De-Panner, that push products off flat baking trays as they pass through the machine on the conveyor belt, directing them onto the cooling conveyor. There are also turn-over de-panners that lift and flip the whole tray in one quick motion, placing the products upside-down on the line.
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