We just had new packaging equipment installed in our production line facility. It is all new tray packing equipment. Our food product comes out of the oven and is cut and separated. Then it rolls done the line and is lined up into rows. The arms of the packing equipment pick the baked goods up one at a time and place them on flat trays. The trays roll down the line, and they travel under eight arms that neatly deposit a single baked good on the tray until it holds eight. Then they are wrapped, sealed and boxed.
It is like watching a symphony. The movements are all perfectly synchronized. Maybe it is more like watching a ballet. Every arm moves, lifts and places with perfect precision. We have very little waste now. Using personnel to package the bakes goods resulted in a some damage to each baked piece. The machine arms are very precise and never squeeze a product too hard or too little.
On the back end we needed to be more careful in sourcing our raw ingredients. This helps us with consistency in texture of our baked good so the arms of the tray packing equipment rarely damage a piece. Continue reading