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EQUIPMENT

to work in combination with
depositors to offer users more
flexibility.
Unifiller has seen a shift in
recent years towards more
automation in order to meet
demand, Bal said.
"We've seen steady growth
in both category awareness
for portioning equipment
and depositors, and revenue,
specifically from commissaries
and other off-site facilities that
provide food products to retail
grocers."
Unifiller customers, she
added, want to use depositing
automation to control product
waste, ensure they have a
consistent high-quality product
portioned accurately to meet
labelling ingredients quickly.
They also want to manage their
labor costs and ensure staff are
expensing less human effort in
the production of food.
"Taking care of staff by
automating some aspects of
production, like depositing,
can lead to lower incidences
of injury and greater morale,
while decreasing the risk
of contamination from
human interaction," Bal said.
"However, since March 2020,
most organizations supplying
equipment to food production
plants have seen less demand."
Over recent months,
Unifiller has seen large food
manufacturers scale back
operations, negatively impacting
their revenue, their budgets,
their staff numbers and their
purchasing power.
"There's a 'wait and see'
approach," she said.

A solution for large volumes
In May Unifiller announced
the launch of its iFill Depositor,
intended for bakery and food
producers looking to deposit
large volumes, up to 31 ounces,

in a single deposit, using a simple
and compact depositor.
Designed specifically for
the needs of central kitchens,
retail and instore bakeries, the
iFill depositor is already used
by one of the largest grocery
chains in the U.S. Featuring an
ergonomic 1" hand held nozzle
with 5 foot food grade flexible
product hose and a choice of
2 product cylinders, the iFill
depositor pumps and portions
product directly from any bowl or
container.
"There are growing factors
impacting the way food
producers work," Bal said. "Over
the years, changes in minimum
wage, fewer people entering the
trades and boomers transitioning
to retirement, have all led to
the need for more automation.
More recently, COVID-19 has
demonstrated that businesses
are heavily impacted when
staff are difficult to retain due
to health and safety concerns.
The current pandemic has been
eye-opening. Automating what
was previously done by hand
- for example, using the iFill for
batter depositing - can simplify a
business' daily operations."
The iFill includes optional
attachments such as a pail shelf
to keep product containers off
the floor to avoid contaminants
and an optional pie wand for
easy pie filling, even on the
rack. Although Unifiller expects
this new equipment to be
used mostly for cake batters
and pie fillings, the application
possibilities are endless.
Capable of up to 100 cycles a
minute, the iFill depositor is ideal
for flowable products without
particulates. Customers who
have purchased the equipment
have been able to speed up
production, increase yield,
optimize their labor and better
manage their product waste.
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A PERFECT MID-SIZED FIT
Following its introduction at IBIE 2019 in Las
Vegas, Bothell, Wash.-based Hinds-Bock's new
multi-piston depositing system with VeroPack
paper cup dispenser works great for muffins,
cupcakes, snack cakes and round cakes.
"Knowing the importance of valuable facility
floor space and tight budgets, Hinds-Bock
has engineered the perfect batter production
system for mid-size bakery production facilities,"
according to Hinds-Bock. "This system matches
well with mid-size wholesale bakery facilities and
central commissaries looking to easily and quickly
increase production, control ingredient waste
and improve consistency and accuracy in one
efficient package."
Benefits of the system include:
* Available in 6 and 8 piston versions for
maximum throughput of your widest pans.
* PLC with recipe memory for various pans.
* Stand-alone system or installed
over your conveyor.
* Full washdown, rugged stainless-steel design.
* Integrated Veropak paper cup dispenser.
* Flexible, compact footprint for midsize wholesale production facilities.
* Competitively priced with quick ROI.
Hinds-Bock's depositor product lineup includes
25 cake batter filler/depositors; 15 muffin,
cupcake and brownie batter depositors, four pies:
fruit, cream filler/depositors; three danish and
turnover depositors; and two pancake and waffle
filler/depositors.

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