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Dough sheeters are pieces of industrial equipment designed to allow bakers to produce large quantities of dough in less working time, while maintaining the quality of handmade products and bringing profitability to the business.

Advantages:

  • Standardised production - ensures that products are manufactured with the same textures and flavours;
  • Control of raw materials - by setting the recipe, quantities and manufacturing methods, bakers are able to optimise the amount of dough as they see fit;
  • Reduction in working times - the dough sheeter’s range of speeds mean that production is faster when compared to a manual process (with rolls of dough). The challenge is in organising the available workforce to do more profitable and necessary tasks;

 

Due to its significance, all aspects of a dough sheeter investment should be thorough and comprehensively analysed, to ensure that the equipment provides added value in the present and does not affect the future growth of the business.

  • Speeds - the dough sheeter should preferably have variable speeds so that different operating rates can be adapted to the types of dough that are manufactured. The dough may initially be rolled out at high speed, but the speed should be reduced as it is rolled thinner to prevent the dough from breaking;
  • Construction and durability - day-to-day work in the factory is hard, as several shifts and different professional working methods mean that materials wear out quickly. This is why it is vital to have solidly constructed equipment and components, suitable for intensive use. The best material for a dough sheeter is stainless steel, due to its durability and resistance to corrosion;
  • Ease of use - it should be simple to use and not difficult to learn, so that it can be operated by any professional;
  • Versatility - it must be possible to add features and options to the standard version of the equipment, so that it can be adapted to future market requirements and business needs. Removable tables and dough cutters are common features found in some dough sheeters;
  • Consumption - motor power and consumption also has an influence on business performance, as it reduces or increases energy costs. For this reason, they should not be overlooked;
  • Technical maintenance - the equipment’s warranty and its post-warranty assistance conditions should also be taken into account. Over the years, some parts need to be replaced, and it is important to have a trustworthy service team. When not operational, a dough sheeter can lead to business losses and high long term expenses;
  • Hygiene - current food sector rules are very clear, and bakery industry companies must ensure the cleanliness of the equipment and components that come into contact with the dough, specifically dough conveyor belts, scrapers and rollers;

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