Endoline systems rise to the occasion for Olympic artisan baker

The formed cases exiting the fully automatic Endoline case erector before running through the Pattyn bag inserter.

A baker and supplier of artisan breads has recently opened a £3 million state-of-the-art factory on the back of their Olympic 2012 success with help from Endoline Machinery and its fully automated turnkey packaging line – which now sees an output of around 1,000 cases per day.

Speciality Breads produce over 100 different types of handmade breads, from focaccias to brioche and ciabattas, at their Margate based production plant. After winning the contract to supply bread and rolls to the Olympic team in 2012, demand for their produce has grown with annual sales increasing by 30 per cent over the last 3 years. As a direct result, Speciality Breads has recently opened a second 3,000 square metre site, just minutes away from the original bakery which opened almost 20 years ago.

It employed end of line system expert Endoline Machinery to install a high-speed packaging line. Endoline installed and integrated additional supplier equipment into the fully automated packing line – at a speed of 8 cases per minute.

Speciality Breads freshly bake a daily supply of 20 different lines of artisan breads which are immediately frozen. Once frozen, the loaves and rolls are immediately packed onto crates and transported to the packing station.  At the start of the line, a fully automatic Endoline case erector forms the Speciality Breads cases which are then fed down to a Pattyn bag inserter machine, which has been integrated into the line to insert a bag into each formed case.

The cases are then transported via an inclined automated conveyor system to four packing stations where manual operators take an empty box down from head height, pack the frozen unpackaged product inside, before placing onto a lower conveyor.

The second, lower conveyor line runs the filled boxes straight through to the Endoline case sealer to deliver a professionally sealed box.  Endoline project managed the entire line and integrated an existing labeller and metal detector into the end of the conveyor.  The boxes are then immediately transported back to a storage freezer to ensure they remain at an ambient temperature before being palletised and transported to customers.