5 Pieces of Equipment Needed to Open a Bakery

So you want to open up your very own bakery, eh? A place where you can make bread and other delicious goods to display in storefront windows to catch the eye of those passing by, enticing them to stop in for a snack or two.

Yes, opening your own bakery might seem like part of living the American dream, Norman Rockwell style, but a commercial business of this nature is a far cry from making bread or baking cinnamon rolls in your home oven for just your family to enjoy. No, opening a bakery is a commercial venture, so you’re going to have to be certain to have enough – and the right – equipment on hand to produce large amounts of the baked goods that you’ll be selling to your customers.

Just what equipment do you need to open and run a successful bakery? We’ve outlined five important pieces of equipment and equipment categories below:

Ovens

If you’re going to be opening a bakery, this is hands-down the most critical piece of equipment that you’ll need in order to do so. But the oven that you have in your home’s kitchen isn’t quite going to do the trick. No, while effective for producing goods for your family, that type of a home oven doesn’t quite cut it when you’re trying to produce commercial quantities of bread and other baked goods – at least if you want to have a decent amount of inventory for your customers and want to turn a profit in the process.

So just what type of oven should you be buying? A commercial oven is fine for a startup bakery, but chances are you’ll soon need to upgrade to a convection oven. Convection ovens are essential in that they cook quickly and efficiently – some even rotate racks to make baking a breeze. It’s worth noting though that convection ovens aren’t suitable for all types of baked goods, because they don’t work well with all types of batters.

Other ovens that you may want to look into include proofing ovens and deck ovens. The former is particularly ideal for bread, while the latter is good for cakes. Don’t skimp on your ovens – like we said in the opening of this section, it’s likely to be the single-handed most important piece of equipment you’ll need.

Mixers

Another thing that you’ll definitely need to include in your bakery are mixers. If you’re just starting up, you’ll likely only need one commercial mixer, but after you get going and gain some business momentum, you’ll likely be adding more commercial mixer units. There are various types of mixers, from floor mixers to cake mixers to dough mixers – be sure to choose the one that is best utilized for your business and what you’re intending to do. For example, if you’re going to be producing a high volume of baked goods, perhaps as part of a relationship supplying restaurants in your area, a floor mixer is the way to go. Like with the oven, you won’t want to skimp on quality, as you need a reliable mixers able to work effectively every day.

Refrigerators

Key to preserving food and ingredients is some sort of refrigeration for your bakery. If you have a bigger bakery, you’ll obviously need a bigger refrigerator than you would with a small bakery, but it goes without saying that there is more than one kind of refrigerator to consider when it comes to your operations. The most convenient – and best option for large bakeries – is probably either the walk-in refrigerator/freezer or reach-in unit, which enables easy access for both products and ingredients to better streamline operations. For smaller bakeries, however, a worktoprefrigerator unit might be the better option. Not only can these units do the job of keeping items properly cooled to avoid food and ingredient spoilage, but worktop refrigerators can also help a bakery maximize efficient use of its work space.

Smallwares/Miscellaneous

In addition to the big three mentioned above (refrigerators, ovens and mixers), there are various other miscellaneous items and smaller pieces of equipment that you’ll need to have on hand to effectively operate a bakery. The good news is that these items are generally far less expensive than the larger items that we’ve listed above. The bad news is that there’s quite a lot of these items that you’ll need – and not having any of them on hand can really hurt your bakery from a productivity standpoint. That’s why it’s crucial to have items on hand such as pans for muffins, cakes and breads, cooling racks, dough cutters, baking sheets, rollers, spatulas, piping bags, decorating tubes and measuring cups. In addition to these smallwares, you should also be sure to invest in some utility carts for your operations. Carts come in handy when it comes to moving product from one area of the bakery to another, whether it’s a lot of small baked goods like doughnuts or one large baked good, like a wedding cake, for instance.

Storage

Finally, last but not least, you’re going to need some sort of storage for your bakery. The primary purpose of such storage units is more about keeping ingredients safe and free from spoilage than anything else, as all goods and ingredients have a shelf life, after all. So what makes for good storage units? Try an ingredient bin, for starters. Such bins can usually handle around 200 pounds of ingredients and are ideal for storing the likes of flour, grains, sugar and more. Food boxes are another solid alternative and dunnage racks are good for keeping ingredients, smaller equipment and more off of the floor.

As you can see, you need quite a bit to open up a bakery. And all of this equipment tends to have one thing in common – it’s not cheap, and a high upfront cost isn’t exactly ideal for a new business, let alone a bakery where so much is needed. That’s why it makes sense to explore all your options, which may potentially lead you down the path of acquiring such equipment from a credible used equipment site such as Bid on Equipment, where you can get pre-owned machinery that works like new. For new businesses, especially bakeries, the cost savings associated with buying used can permit the business to spend on other things – like advertising to get the word out about your new bakery.

For more information on what you’ll need to outfit your bakery, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s selection of ovens, mixers and more, contact the company today.

When to Use a Kettle Instead of a Tank

You’re likely already familiar with the basics behind a basic household kettle. Also commonly referred to as a “tea kettle,” kettles are pots that are made from metal that, essentially, serve to boil water. Normally, kettles accomplish this by being placed on a stovetop, where they are heated. After the water is heated to the appropriate level, the kettle can easily be removed via its handle and poured into a cup or another container via its spout.

Industrial kettles work similarly to how your standard kettle works – except that they’re much larger, thereby working to serve larger volumes of product. Also unlike your typical tea kettle, industrial kettles are usually installed for the sole purpose of heating something – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be water. For instance, breweries typically have one or more large scale industrial kettles to aid them in the beer brewing process. Another key, yet obvious difference, where industrial kettles differ from household kettles is that they’re much more expensive, potentially costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

While industrial kettles serve a purpose in a variety of different environments, one alternative to the industrial kettle is the tank. Tanks are somewhat self-explanatory, and, like kettles, can play a large role in heating products in an industrial environment. One inquiry, however, that’s commonly asked of us when it comes to the tanks versus industrial kettles as far as products go for a facility is when to use which and why to use which. On that note, we’ve put together a bit of a guide on when you should opt for the industrial kettle over the tank for your facility.

When to Use an Industrial Kettle (and Not a Tank)

So just when should you use an industrial kettle over a tank? Here’s a closer look:

  • When product needs to be heated evenly throughout: Think of when you go to heat up something in the microwave, say soup, for instance. Even if you have a rotating tray in the microwave, chances are that certain parts of the soup are still going to heat up better than others, forcing you to either eat or serve it as-is, or stir it around and heat it up some more. One of the nice benefits of an industrial kettle is that it’s unlikely to have this aforementioned problem thanks to agitators. Simply put, agitators are components of many industrial kettles that keep the product inside heated evenly throughout. There are various different types of agitators, so make sure that you select the one that works best for your situation.
  • You need fast food preparation: The agitator feature that we mentioned above is one way thatindustrial kettles help speed up the production process. Another way these machines help do this is via a steam-jacketed feature. Aside from the speedy processing times that such kettles help ensure, there’s also a few notable quality issues that this feature helps with. For instance, kettles with the steam-jacketed feature are much less likely to burn or scorch the food product, thereby ensuring better end quality. Finally, steam-jacketed kettles can also help kettles produce larger amounts of the food product. While this might not factor directly into the speed aspect of these devices, it surely helps factor into the effectiveness and processing potential of this type of equipment.
  • You want to reduce labor: Industrial kettles, to a certain extent, run without a lot of maintenance. This is a unique feature, as it allows employees to work elsewhere in the facility while the kettle is doing it’s job to maximize employee efficiency. Kettles can also help a plant manager reduce labor costs, if that’s the particular route that they choose to take. Whatever the case, the fact is that kettles don’t require a lot of monitoring when you compare this type of equipment to other types of equipment that’s designed to serve similar purposes.
  • Increased durability: Industrial kettles are strong – like, really strong. They’re typically constructed from metal – stainless steel, to be specific – and also available in different types of grades to serve different types of purposes. Take, for instance, 304 stainless steel. This type of metal is ideal for general purpose applications. There’s also 316 stainless steel, which is even more durable than 304 stainless steel – and it’s designed specifically for more acidic foods that could force the lesser grade of stainless steel to wear down prematurely.
  • Versatility: Industrial kettles are also somewhat versatile when it comes to their power source. In fact, they can run off of three types of power sources – gas, electric or direct steam. The most efficient power source is the direct steam, as such kettles can actually run off of the steam from the facility’s boiler system. This method also helps the kettle process its product the fastest, compared to the other two power methods. Conversely, gas and electric powered kettles also have their fair share of benefits, notably that they require much less maintenance than the direct steam models. Aside from power source, industrial kettles are also available in two main types – tilting and stationary. The type of kettle that’s best for you will depend on what exactly you’ll be needing to use the kettle for.

There are a lot of other benefits to industrial kettles, and the reasons why they should be utilized rather than a tank are plentiful. But when it comes to industrial kettles, one thing is also certain – and that’s their price tag. Kettles are very important pieces of equipment in the likes of food production facilities and other similar companies, so to say that they’re essential is an understatement. However, the high price tag of brand new kettle models can be a lot for a business to handle, especially if a kettle breaks down prematurely and it isn’t quite in the budget yet to replace it. That’s where a credible used equipment and appliance site, such as Bid on Equipment, can come in really handy, as it offers businesses and individuals the ability to bid on like-new machinery for a used price. The cost savings associated with going this route, as opposed to buying brand new, can pay big dividends for a brand’s bottom line, permitting them to keep operations at where they should be without breaking the bank on a new piece of equipment in order to do so.

For more information on industrial kettles, when they should be used versus a tank and to browse Bid on Equipment’s line of such kettles, contact the company today.

February 2016 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of February and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inUsed Packaging Equipment including Fillers, Cappers, and Bagging Equipment.
 

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Dairy Equipment
Tortilla Machine For Sale Walk In Cooler For Sale
Boilers For Sale Used Tanks For Sale
Used Printing Equipment Machine Shop Equipment For Sale
 
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Construction Equipment
Bakery Equipment Conveyors
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Welding and Soldering
 
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Vemag Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Miller Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

 

What’s the Difference Between a Continuous and a Batch Freezer?

When most people think of a freezer, they think of an appliance that keeps things cold. They think of something that preserves and keeps food from spoiling until it’s time to be cooked and consumed. Continuous and batch freezers also accomplish this task, but unlike conventional freezers that are combined with your refrigerator or stored in your basement, these freezers also carry out the important task of creating food as well. Specifically, they work to produce frozen treats, like ice cream, gelato and even sorbet.

That’s the big difference that separates continuous and batch freezers from conventional freezers that often exist in household and commercial restaurant environments, but don’t think that the two aforementioned types of production freezers are the same, other than the fact that they both serve an important function for commercial ice cream producers. Other than sharing the capability to produce ice cream and other frozen treats, there are a lot of factors that separate the two types of freezers, from how they go about producing the ice cream to various other important features. Here’s a closer look:

Continuous Freezer

Fitting to the name, a continuous freezer is one that produces ice cream without interruption. This differs from the batch freezer type, which only produces the delicacy in pre-determined amounts. Because of this, continuous freezers are ideal for entities that are in the business of producing large quantities of ice cream. Unlike the batch freezer, continuous freezers don’t specialize in making short runs of various different types of ice cream flavors. Many continuous freezers, for instance, can create endless batches in a single run, so long as mixture is added to the machine.

Specifically, continuous freezers are automated pieces of heavy equipment that are capable of producing either water-based or milk-based ice cream by adding air to the process. Air is added to the process via a pump while it is being beaten and frozen, making it feasible to attain aeration levels of well over 100 percent.

Continuous freezers are simple to operate, being that you can essentially program the machine and not have to bother with it until its run is done, and also fairly easy to move around the facility floor. They are typically fabricated from stainless steel, which adds to their durability.

Bottom line: Continuous freezers are designed for the large producers of ice cream who supply the product to stores and other locations. The uninterrupted nature of how the machine works makes large-scale production of these frozen treats easy to achieve solid profitability.

Batch Freezer

Unlike a continuous freezer, batch freezers are better suited for short runs of ice cream, as these types of freezers work to only produce pre-determined amounts of a particular type of frozen delicacy. While the batches can be programmed to vary in size, generally speaking, they aren’t close to the same production scale as you’d get from a continuous freezer. That doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t serve a purpose, but batch freezers aren’t the ideal product for large scale producers of ice cream and are instead better intended for the small gourmet shops and stores that wish to make their own product.

Specifically, many batch freezers are a step up from a household ice cream maker, with the capacity to make anywhere from 5-6 gallons of the treat at a time. Again, that’s a far cry from the endless gallons of a continuous freezer, but then again batch freezers are intended for a different environment.

Think of a batch freezer kind of like how you think of a washing machine – batch freezers somewhat mirror washers in appearance, and also work in a similar manner to such appliances. Batch freezers freeze the ice cream from the outside in, as the mixture is mixed and stirred by a rotating blade once inside the batch freezer chamber. Cold coils that are integrated into the batch freezer’s casing allow for the freezing of the ice cream. After the ice cream is processed in the chamber for a period of time, it can be extruded into a container. However, it’s worth noting that the product that is processed inside of the batch freezer usually isn’t the final product ice cream – normally what’s extruded from the freezer after processing must be stored in a blast freezer so that it can adequately solidify. Following this solidification, the ice cream can then be served. Although there is some debate about quality, it’s thought that most ice cream produced via this process is of higher quality than what is produced via the continuous freezer method.

One neat thing to note about batch freezers is that they allow for a certain level of experimentation when it comes to creating new flavors and new types of frozen desserts. This can allow ice cream parlors to get creative with their offerings, and there’s minimal risk of falling short on a particular new flavor or delicacy, being that batch freezers only produce limited quantities. It’s also worth mentioning that batch freezers are typically less expensive than continuous freezers.

Bottom line: To review, batch freezers are the ideal choice of ice cream-production equipment for ice cream parlors and shops. They can also be used by larger ice cream producers, but are really only applicable for very high-level flavors of ice cream that consumers will pay more for to ensure companies maintain profitable margins.

As you can see, there are quite a bit differences between batch and continuous freezers. But aside from the products that they’re intended to create, there’s one other thing that these two types of freezers have in common with each other – their expense. Yes, while continuous freezers are generally more expensive than batch freezers, neither is a drop in the bucket when it comes to upfront cost. But they’re also crucial equipment that ice cream producers and ice cream parlors need to have – and need to have operating – in order to stay in business. But if a new piece of equipment is necessary and isn’t a part of the current upgrade plan, the high cost of such equipment can certainly put businesses in a bind. That’s where buying a used continuous or batch freezer can come in handy, especially when you do so from a credible resource like Bid on Equipment. By buying used, companies can get a previously owned piece for a cheaper price than they can brand new – and without sacrificing performance. For many businesses, this can be a big money saver.

For more information on the difference between continuous versus batch freezers, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s selection of each, contact us today.

FFS 101: How a Form, Fill and Seal Machine Works

Form fill and seal, or FFS, machines play a critical role in the packaging of goods. Specifically, they’re automated pieces of heavy machinery that work on a packaging assembly line. As the name implies, these FFS machines first help form the package, then they fill it with the desired product and, finally, seal it so that it can then be shipped to the store for purchase.

Form fill seal machines can work with either dry goods or liquids, and are commonly used for all types of packaging (i.e. both corrugated and flexible styles) and with all different types of product, from foods to pharmaceuticals.

In order to understand how an FFS machine works, however, we first need to separate such equipment into their proper categories. On that note, it’s worth mentioning that FFS machines generally are available in two different styles – vertical form fill seal, or VFFS, which are the more popular of the two, and horizontal form fill seal, or HFFS. VFFS are somewhat self-explanatory in the basics of their operation, working to form, fill and then seal packaging from above. Such machines are available in a few different varieties – single web and dual web. HFFS machines, on the other hand, work to package machines from a horizontal perspective (think things like blister packs and wrappers).

There are a few key differences between HFFS and VFFS machines. For instance, HFFS machines generally take up a greater space on the plant floor than VFFS machines, which have been developed to be much more compact in recent years. VFFS machines are also often better intended to work with products that are difficult to handle by hand, things like grains, liquids, chips and other types of food. HFFS machines are better suited for standalone products, like toys or candy bars. HFFS machines are generally considered to be a tad more versatile than their VFFScounterparts in that they can handle a greater variety of packages and products, as opposed toVFFS machines, which are best suited to work with foods.

Furthermore, both VFFS and HFFS machines can be further classified into the products that they’re designed to work with. For instance, categories of such machines include bags/pillow packs, bottles, cartons, trays and blisters, sachets and bags/pouches. While the operation of aform fill seal machine can vary based on the type of machine it is (VFFS or HFFS) as well as the type of package it is working on, all machines work under the same basic principles.

Form

The first step is the formation of the packaging material. Depending on the type of package that the machine is working on, this packaging material is either taken and made from a web roll (in the case of a plastic, flexible substrate) or taken from a stack of existing packaging (which is often normal when working with corrugated boxes or similar packaging materials).

For a single web VFFS machine that works with flexible materials, for instance, the web, or film roll, usually is fed into a cone-shaped tube. This tube, also commonly referred to as the “forming tube,” helps form the package by taking the outer edges of the web roll and wrapping them around it. The film is then often worked outside of the tube and then sealed together to create the package. The package is then sealed at the bottom, any excess film below the seal is removed and the package is ready to go on to the filling stage of the process. The process is similar on flexible applications with the VFFS dual web machine, except that two rolls of film are used.

While VFFS and HFFS machines have a lot of work to do from a forming perspective when it comes to plastic film and packaging lines, when working with corrugated and other packaging materials, such machines generally just grab from an existing product pile or fold the edges into a product. After the packages are formed, they move on to the filling station.

Fill

Following the forming step comes the filling step. This process works much more fluidly than the first task that these machines are programmed to complete. Simply put, a pre-measured amount of product, whether it’s a solid or a liquid, is dispersed from the machine and into the open package. Products are normally carried via a conveyor belt. After the packages are filled, they move on to the final main task – sealing.

Seal

The final main task of a form fill seal machine is sealing the package so that it can ultimately be shipped off to the store for consumers to purchase. Sealing usually occurs immediately following filling, partially to reduce any potential contamination to the products being packaged, which is especially true if the goods are to be consumed. In many VFFS machines that work with bags and pouches, a sealing bar is positioned horizontally and works to seal off the top of the package. Following this step, and the removal of any material, the package can also move on for another sealing task when applicable, which is often referred to as the “final sealing process” or “secondary sealing.” For applicable packages, this may include filling the product with air to help protect or preserve it or punching holes in the package so it can be easier hung on display racks. Packages then move on to be sorted and, eventually, shipped out to stores.

Today, VFFS and HFFS machines are highly technologically advanced, able to not only perform their tasks with extreme accuracy and precision, but they’re often also able to execute other important functions related to specific types of packaging, such as temperature adjustment.

One other important thing to note about form fill seal equipment is that it is large capital equipment – equipment that tends to be very expensive, ranging from tens of thousands to even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This price tag can pose quite the burden for a packaging facility, especially if one has run into an unforeseen situation where a piece of equipment failed outside of that particular company’s determined upgrade and replacement plan. That’s where buying from a pre-used source such as Bid on Equipment can come in handy, as you can get a like-new piece of equipment at a used price. Saving on this type of integral piece of equipment is essential for some companies, and when you don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability, it makes the situation all the more win-win. For more information on form fill seal machines, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s inventory of HFFS and VFFS machines, contact us today.

January 2016 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of January and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inConstruction Equipment including Construction Mixers, Construction Tools, and Construction Vehicles.

 

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Dairy Equipment
Tortilla Machine For Sale Used Shop Equipment
Boilers For Sale Used Meat Grinder
Used Printing Equipment Used HVAC Equipment
 
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Construction Equipment
Bakery Equipment Milling Machine
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Meat Equipment
 
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Vemag Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Rheon Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

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What Type of Extruder Do You Need?

Extrusion is a common manufacturing process that creates material and/or product by passing it through a cross sectional die. There are a lot of benefits to the extrusion process, including the ability to create material that is thin, material that has a good surface finish and materials that otherwise would be difficult to create with conventional processes. In fact, some of the common materials that are created via the extrusion process include plastic film, ceramics, concrete, polymers, metals, food – and even play dough. (Aluminum, for example, is thought to be the most popular extruded material.)

As a reminder, the type of equipment that is needed to extrude material is known as an “extruder” – and there are several different types of extruders, all which have varying possibilities and are usually catered specifically to certain extruded materials. This post is intended to serve as a reference guide in terms of helping you decide which type of extruder you need for the type of material you’re looking to produce. After all, you can’t purchase a hot or cold feed extruder for extruding metal and expect it to be able to also process food or plastic film. Here’s a closer look at helping you to answer the question – “What type of extruder do I need?”

Plastic Film

For plastic film, a material that’s commonly used to create pouches and bags used in flexible packaging applications, all that you’d need is a plastic film extrusion machine. There are various manufacturers that build these types of machines. One thing to note about these machines is that they’re a very expensive capital investment, as they can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another thing to note is that these machines can create a variety of different plastic film types, such as polypropylene, polyethylene and films of various barriers. They’re a great fit for suppliers and converters of packaging. For instance, a supplier might simply create the film via extrusion and sell it to its customers, who are the converters. Or a converter may decide to purchase a machine so that it can do everything in house – create the plastic film, create the pouch and/or bag and then print on the package before sending it off to be filled.

Metals

As we mentioned in the opening, metals are also commonly extruded materials, with aluminum being the most popular of them. Specifically, extruded aluminum is used to make things like frames and rails, profiles for railroad tracks and heat sinks, among others. To extrude aluminum, as well as other metals, a hot or cold feed extruder is necessary, as such metals can often be extruded via one of the aforementioned methods. Aside from aluminum, here’s a look at some of the other metals that are popular via the extrusion process:

  • Brass: Rods, auto parts and pipes are commonly created with such parts.
  • Copper: Plumbing, rods and tubes are popular products that are created thanks in part to extrusion.
  • Titanium and magnesium: Parts used in the aerospace industry are common byproducts of extrusion.
  • Lead: For things like wires and cables.
  • Steel: Similar to aluminum, steel is often extruded to help build rods and parts of railroad tracks.

Ceramic

If you’re looking to produce ceramic pipes, tiles or bricks, then you’ll likely need a specialty clay extruder. These types of extruders are generally less expensive than the extruders that you’ll need to have on hand to extrude plastic film and metals, as clay extruders generally cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Food

Another popular material thing that can be extruded is none other than food. Yes, food. Specifically, the likes of pasta, baby foods, french fries, cookie dough and pet food are popular foods that are often created and processed via extrusion. Extruder machines for the purpose of food processing arrived on the market as long ago as the late 1800s, specifically for extruding meats to make for sausages. Today, most manufacturers use a twin screw extruder for processing foods. These machines work by first grounding mix, then passing this mix through an appropriate pre-conditioner. Any other ingredients are added during this pre-conditioning stage. Following this step, these extruders add steam to the process and the material can then be extruded, as the screw in the twin screw extruder works to force the material toward the die for processing. There are various other steps to the extrusion process, such as cooking the material, cooling it and drying it. What’s more is that there are also several things, both good and bad, that often result from the extrusion of food. These include:

  • Minimizing toxins and microorganisms within the food.
  • Creation of certain starches.
  • Lysine reduction.
  • Loss of Vitamin A.

Depending on the industry that you’re in and the type of extrusion equipment that you’ll need to produce your desired final product also depends on how much you can expect said equipment to cost. Needless to say, but some extruders are more expensive than others. For instance, a plastic film extruder might run hundreds of thousands of dollars, while an extruder that can process ceramic runs several thousand dollars. Regardless of what type of extruder that you need for your operations, the cost of acquiring a new one can be a lot for a business to stomach, especially if this business is just starting up or is forced to purchase a new machine unexpectedly. Thankfully, there are other options out there. One of these options is the credible, used and refurbished industrial and commercial equipment resource, Bid on Equipment. The comprehensive resource allows people to browse the selected equipment  – many of which areextruders – and make a bid to acquire the equipment for a fraction of the actual new retail price. Think of it as getting like new equipment for a used price, something that can come in handy for many businesses, whether they’re just starting up or have had an unexpected breakdown in current extrusion equipment.

For more information on extrusion equipment, and to browse our library of extruders that are currently available and up for bid, visit Bid on Equipment today.

Chocolate Making 101: Equipment

With how popular chocolate has become, it shouldn’t surprise you that it is produced throughout most of the world. In fact, the industry, as a whole, is growing, and is valued at about $50 billion worldwide. Domestically, the chocolate industry is valued at about $20 million, with big providers such as Hershey’s and Mars combining to generate more than half of this just by themselves. But that’s not to say that other companies aren’t out there also making it, domestically and abroad.

As you can see, because of chocolate’s popularity, there’s the need to produce it in large quantities – it’s the basic rule of supply and demand. But in order to produce it, you need to have the right quantities on hand. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the equipment that you’ll need in your facility if you’re planning to produce large quantities of chocolate.

The Equipment Necessary for Chocolate Production

Chocolate production begins out in the field, cutting down cacao pods from trees using a knife in the warm climates that the trees prosper in. After the beans are removed from the pods, then the fermentation process can begin. This is commonly done inside of a box, and for up to seven days, so the beans can be killed and won’t germinate at a later date. After fermentation has taken place, the beans are dried, usually using sunlight, and then shipped off to the respective factory for production. That’s where the process and equipment that we’ve detailed below enters the equation. Here’s a look at the chocolate-making equipment that will be used at the production facility and the purposes they all respectively serve in the process:

  • Roasting Oven: If you’re just making small quantities of chocolate, your standard house oven is good enough for this task, as temperatures between 200 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit suffice just fine in terms of whatever type of chocolate you’re looking to produce. While all steps in the chocolate production process are important, roasting is perhaps the most important – as it is the step that is most related to the final flavor of chocolate. Roasting also eliminates any bacteria and removes any water from within the shell, which makes it easier to separate from the nib in subsequent steps. For producing chocolate in large quantities, a commercial oven is almost always the way to go in terms of maximizing efficiency.
  • Cracker/Automatic Winnower: Following the roasting process, the cacao shell is puffy and crunchy – and being that it serves no purpose in the production process from here on out, it needs to be removed from the nib. Back in the old days, this removal was completed by hand. But these days, it’s much more efficiently done with a specialized cacao mill, which cracks the shells, and then by using an automatic winnower, which is used to adequately separate shell and nib. Hand peeling and separating is inefficient, usually taking about an hour to do a pound of cacao shells. Using these appliances is much faster, especially when you’re looking to produce the end product in large amounts.
  • Grinders: Following cracking and winnowing comes the grinding step, where the remaining nib needs to be ground into chocolate. If you’re making chocolate a home, a juice maker or a mixer works well for this step. But if you’re making chocolate in large quantities, you’re obviously going to want something that can handle a little bit more volume than just a standard juice-making machine. This is best done with either a specific chocolate grinding machine, a ball milling machine or a standard industrial grinding machine that is able to process chocolate.
  • Tempering: After grinding, the chocolate is mixed. But after it’s mixed, it needs to be hardened. This is done through a step known as tempering, and this is generally the most difficult step in chocolate production. We’ll spare you of all the scientific details that help justify the importance of this process, but generally tempering consists of melting the chocolate, forming seed crystals, adding the said seed crystals into the chocolate and then eventually letting the chocolate solidify. Chocolate tempering machines are sold in all different sizes. Just as you’d buy a mixer or juice maker to grind chocolate in a home, you can find a small, household tempering machine for making small batches of chocolate. For the big chocolate producers, however, commercial tempering machines are the best way to go, as they’re larger and can produce larger quantities of it.

Now that we’ve briefly described all the equipment that’s necessary to make chocolate – as well as the purposes that they all play in production – it’s important to note one important factor as it pertains to the hardware that is needed to make chocolate in large quantities. And that all-important factor is cost – specifically that all of this equipment can really add up in capital investment. These high costs for this equipment can really put a strain on a business from a financial perspective. It’s easy to see why this is so, what with such equipment costing thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why a viable alternative to buying brand new in the case ofchocolate production – or when it comes to any type of large commercial equipment, really – is to buy such hardware used. At outlets like Bid on Equipment, we sell it at a fraction of the used price. This thereby allows companies to acquire the equipment that they need, while saving money in the process and while still getting a good, quality piece of equipment. Think of it like getting a like-new machine at a used price, as it’s a win-win scenario.

For more information on the production equipment involved in producing large quantities of chocolate, and to browse the selection of chocolate production equipment offered by Bid on Equipment, visit or contact the company today.

Bid On Equipment Year In Review: 2015 Top 5’S!

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Here is our annual review of Top 5’s for 2015

Top 5 Viewed Categories of 2015

  1. Restaurant Equipment
  2. Bakery Equipment
  3. Dairy Equipment
  4. Woodworking Equipment
  5. Machine Shop and Tools

Top 5 Viewed Items of 2015

  1. BE&SCO Tortilla Press
  2. 100 Gallon Batch Pasteurizer
  3. Bakers Aid Bakery Oven
  4. Human Crematories Retort
  5. 15.5’ W x 12.5’ L x 9.5’ H Modular Walk In

Top 5 Search Terms of 2015

  1. Restaurant Equipment For Sale
  2. Milling Machine For Sale
  3. Bakery Equipment For Sale
  4. Autoclave For Sale
  5. Used Woodworking Tools

Top 5 viewed Blog Posts of 2015

  1. The World’s Largest Conveyors
  2. Be a part of the US Manufacturing Resurgence
  3. Benefits of Walk In Coolers
  4. Popcorn Poppers
  5. 10 quick tips about Restaurant Equipment

Top 5 Countries People visited from 2015

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. United Kingdom
  5. India

Top 5 Watched Youtube Videos from of 2015

  1. Complete Soap Line
  2. Corn Tortilla Machine
  3. Extruder System
  4. Suppository Machine
  5. Comtec LP1000 Pie Press

Social Media Statistics from of 2015

  1. Facebook 6580 Friends
  2. Twitter 2680 Followers
  3. Google Plus 2760 Friends
  4. Pinterest 313 Followers
  5. Youtube 263 Subscribers and over 313,000 views!
 
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December 2015 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of December and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inBakery Equipment including Bakery Ovens, Bakery Mixers, and Dividers and Rounders.
 

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Dairy Equipment For Sale
Used Meat Processing Equipment Used Machine Shop Equipment
Boilers For Sale Used Meat Grinder
Milling Machine For Sale Bakery Oven For Sale
 
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Boilers
Bakery Equipment Tanks
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Meat Equipment
Restaurant Equipment Conveyors
 
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Sweco Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Bridgeport Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

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