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Sustainable Oven Service

Against a backdrop of rising energy prices, many bakery operations are feeling the squeeze on their profit margins. It’s no wonder why many operators are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to find increased efficiencies. And thanks to advances in sensor technology, it has become much more practical to make smart, connected ovens that use data-based insights to reduce your costs.

AMF Bakery Systems has introduced a new service to help you make the most of this growing technological trend. Our new Sustainable Oven Service (SOS) uses advanced sensor technology to help you optimize your production ovens with real-time, expert recommendations that can help you not only reduce your energy bills but also minimize your bakery’s environmental impact.

Leveraging Data-based Insights for Greater Efficiency

The SOS is the next step in the digital transformation of your bakery – offering you powerful data analysis combined with tailored recommendations from our expert team. It enables you tounlock optimal efficiency, reduce energy (gas) usage, and enhance product quality. The SOS is a new standard on all AMF Den Boer ovens, but it can also be retrofitted to older or non-AMF production, tunnel, belt, and continuous ovens.

So, how does it work? Using an array of advanced sensor technology, the Sustainable Oven Service (SOS) continuously monitors how your ovens are used and how they are performing. And by connecting your ovens to the AMF Bakery Intelligence cloud, it helps you unlock a range of real-time insights to uncover hidden inefficiencies and optimize your energy usage.You’ll also be able to track long-term energy consumption trends over time thanks to the SOS’s dashboard function. Automatic reporting assists the baker in bottleneck analyses by benchmarking over shifts, days, or even weeks. That means the recommendations get smarter the longer you use the service.

Amazing AI-assisted Recommendations

With the AMF Connect web application, you can bring a new level of insight to your production line and get enhanced control over your operation. Thanks to its smart dashboard function, you’ll receive precise recommendations tailored to your bakery’s setup – telling you how to adjust your equipment for optimal baking conditions across the following four KPIs:

1. Occupancy – average product throughput

2. Availability – actual time that the oven was ready for baking

3. Baking condition – to what extent the desired baking conditions are achieved in the oven

4. Eco-efficiency – the normalized amount of gas used per baked unit

Combining this range of different insights shows you exactly where you can most effectivelyimprove efficiency, reduce waste, and enhance quality and consistency. All of this means you’ll be able to reduce your gas consumption and the associated carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%.

There are four kinds of recommendations available via the SOS system to help you achieve this:

• Temperature recommendations so you can achieve the most efficient oven heat distribution

• Vapor exhaust recommendations to maintain an optimal balance between vapor exhaust gas expulsion and heat retainment

• Human-made expert recommendations based on our in-house experts’ opinion on the collected data, tailored to the specific requirements of your bakery

• Steady-state recommendations to help you maintain stable baking conditions and a steady product flow through your oven.

Bakery Intelligence – Technology as a Service

But it’s not just the advanced technology that makes the SOS special; it’s the high level of service that our dedicated bakery experts offer. You’ll be guided through the entire process, from initial assessment to installation to benchmarking. We’ll support you every step of the way along your oven optimization journey to make sure the savings keep coming.

So, if you’re ready to unlock the data insights hidden in your bakery operation – saving time, money, and energy – maybe it’s time to take the next step in the world of smart bakery innovation. To find out more about investing in cost savings, data-driven decision-making, and more environmentally friendly baking, contact your local AMF representative to discuss our Sustainable Oven Service.

Find out more about the  AMF Bakery Systems Sustainable Oven Service or contact Lex Van Houten [email protected]