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International Food Handling Equipment Leader Reveals New Baking Technology at IBIE

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SAS Automation launches innovative needle depanner solution for commercial bakery products

XENIA, Ohio — SAS Automation, the leader in superior robotic End-of-Arm Tooling and automation technology for the food industry, is unveiling a revolutionary needle depanner system for fresh baked goods at the 2013 International Baking Industry Exposition. Commercial bakery products can be challenging to depan as they are fragile and often topped with fruits, nuts or candies.

"The SAS depanner accommodates a wide range of bakery products and is flexible enough to handle different shapes and sizes making it perfect for handling cakes, brownies and cupcakes in addition to muffins,” said Rob Dalton, General Manager for SAS Automation.

Designed for high volume and low maintenance depanning, the SAS Muffin Depanner has custom stainless steel needle grippers, each using 4 curved needles to depan 144 muffins from 2 moving baking pans on an oven conveyor. The small diameter needles leave limited evidence of penetration. A welded tubular stainless steel frame supports the mounting of stroking cylinders, bushing rails, needle grippers and actuating cylinders.

In addition to depanning, the tool is designed to compress the muffin spacing in two directions for direct deposit into retail and wholesale trays on an adjoining conveyor. The tool is made of stainless steel, is wash down capable and ideal for very high-volume, continuous commercial operations. This tool provides the speed and repeatability critical for the depanning of baked goods with both needle grippers and food grade vacuum cups.

“Automating this process has revolutionized the handling and depanning of bakery products. We are proud of the innovations we have brought to the industry by reducing labor and increasing productivity,” said Dalton.

For more information on SAS Automation and its End of Arm Tooling food handling solutions, please visit our website or visit booth #9147 at the International Baking Industry Exposition.

SAS Automation, headquartered in Xenia, Ohio, provides superior end-of-arm tooling and automation technology to customers and suppliers around the world in a variety of industries, including food, automotive, metal handling, palletizing, and plastics. SAS Automation is one of the world’s largest suppliers of modular component-based robotic end-of-arm tooling and gripper systems.

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