Company: AMF Bakery Systems
Equipment Snapshot: AMF Tromp, a business unit and brand of complete systems solutions supplier AMF Bakery Systems, announced the launch of a Smart Applicator Solution for pizza production. By facilitating automated quality and quantity control for pizza toppings such as cheese, this AI-based software solution will enable pizza producers to minimize product waste and giveaway, reduce labor requirements, and operate more efficiently.
In conjunction with AMF Tromp’s best-in-class pizza production machines, the Smart Applicator Solution can be retrofit or newly configured for the AMF Tromp Waterfall Applicator, a machine that deposits toppings, such as cheese, onto pizza products. The Smart Applicator Solution rapidly takes images of each item on the production line. Cloud-based software using artificial intelligence (AI) then collects and analyzes these images in real-time to determine whether the quantity and weight of the cheese topping is correct. While analyzing, this software adjusts the applicator’s speed and volume settings to deliver the optimal cheese distribution.
Using machine learning technology, the Smart Applicator Solution optimizes this process over time, detecting and indicating any anomalies. Its baseline settings can also be used for quick production recovery or to make subsequent runs more effective. In this way, the Smart Applicator Solution accelerates production speeds and improves topping application accuracy by at least 3 percent. This results in pizzas with standardized topping distributions regardless of external influences, human interaction, or the sophistication of the AI technology.
This allows pizza producers to minimize the waste and giveaway of cheese—typically an expensive ingredient—as well as lowering their energy consumption. The automation enabled by the system can also reduce labor requirements and costs, since operators will not need to monitor cheese quantity or change the applicator machine’s settings. In this way, the solution drives efficiency, sustainability, and profitability for pizza producers.
Lex van Houten, regional marketing manager EMEA, notes “We’re proud to launch the Smart Applicator Solution, a service that brings automation to pizza production and embraces digitalization. As well as delivering improved quality control and efficiency for our customers, this solution will also provide us with insights into their future needs.”
The Smart Applicator Solution by AMF Tromp is the first of AMF’s growing portfolio of Smart Solutions. These Smart Solutions encompass all AI-based software solutions designed to deliver immediate value for baking customers by optimizing production processes and enhancing productivity across the plant floor. “We’re looking forward to further optimizing our portfolio of Smart Solutions in line with our customers’ feedback, and expanding this offering to more applications,” added Lex van Houten.