The device, developed by the American company Wilkinson Baking Company, is designed to bake fresh bread in supermarkets, without much attention from employees to stock flour, yeast, and water.
The BreadBot can produce ten pieces of bread every hour, with a starting time of approximately 90 minutes, before the first bread comes out. With a 30-minute break (for cleaning) and the occasional replenishment of ingredients, Wilkinson Baking Company estimates BreadBot’s production capacity at approximately 235 bread every day.
Renting the robot has an estimated price of $ 100,000 every five years. The invention is obviously not intended for individuals, but for supermarket chains that could save time and money.
How does it work?
The apparatus contains various parts that emulate the traditional manufacture of bread: the ingredients are mixed, the flour is kneaded and the breads are created, which pass to another space where they rest and go through a quality examination. After this, the bread is baked in a high humidity chamber, which reaches a maximum of 200 degrees Celsius.
After baking, the bread enters a cooling chamber, in which it has to remain 18 minutes. Once in this camera, customers can observe the loaves and select which one they want to take with a touch screen. As soon as the bread is selected, after the cooling time, a mechanical arm delivers it to the consumer.
“Retailers who use BreadBot can benefit from a potential 20-fold increase in the profit margins, by eliminating the current costly bread distribution process,” says the BreadBot press release. “In addition, they will benefit from increased consumer interest and maximize employee productivity.”
Wilkinson Baking Company expects consumers to use the robot directly, but also to use it as another means of production, managed by employees in the backroom of supermarkets.
One of its advantages, they say, is that food waste is greatly reduced since the number of baked bread can be adapted to the daily demand in the store itself. In addition, only flour and yeast should be sent, which according to the company reduces the cost of transportation to one-sixth.