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Wirecut machine uses nest shape to increase cookie output

By Guy Montague-Jones , 28-Aug-2009

Baker Perkins has launched a new wirecut machine for cookie production that increases output by laying down biscuits in a nest-like pattern.

Cookies are traditionally deposited in straight lines before cooking but the new Angled World Wirecut lays them down at an angle to create a nest shape.

Saving space

Space between cookies is reduced and so that the number of cookies per square metre of oven band can be increased. Baker Perkins claims that output can therefore be boosted by between 15 and 25 per cent.

The tilting of the rows is achieved by mounting the wirecut machine at an angle to the oven band. Baker Perkins said geometric analysis shows that a wirecut machine set at a 30° angle to the band gives the optimum layout for maximum production.

Typical productivity comparisons show that with the new machine 24 rather than 21 cookies can fit across a metre-wide band when the biscuits are 1½-inches in diameter. And, for 3-inch diameter cookies the number across a band can increase from 11 to 13 pieces.

Higher cookie numbers help manufacturers achieve output increases without the cost, complexity and disruption of extending the oven. Baker Perkins said Angled World Wirecut can be installed rapidly into an existing line.

Machine features

The UK-based company said the machine is the latest addition to the World Wirecut range and shares all of the design features of the other models.

The filler block and die combination, which shapes dough into balls, can be removed rapidly and easily via a clamshell head, reducing the time required for both cleaning and changeover. Baker Perkins said operation is easy, with a choice of controls from simple pushbuttons to full recipe control.

Intelligent design features ensure optimum hygiene levels, even to allergen standards, added the company. Typical cleaning time is 15 minutes.

However, the new Angled World Wirecut is currently only available at the medium output level of 200 cuts per minute.

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