The Bakery of the Future is Here

Where’s the last place you would expect to see robots simplifying a human’s job? A bakery would be near the top of my list. But as our world adapts to automation, engineers are finding more and more helpful and innovative uses for robotics in our everyday lives.

ABI LTD—which manufactures bakery equipment—caught on about a decade ago, realizing that not only could robotics offer great new opportunities to the company, but it was something the bakery industry needed. Unfortunately for the baking industry, a majority of the robotics manufacturers at the time were interested in low-hanging fruit, like the automotive industry.

“Not many people were interested in diversifying into bakeries,” said Alex Kuperman, President and CEO, “It’s also difficult to make a robot that can work with live organisms and food. But ABB, one of the world’s largest and most renowned robotics manufacturers, and our interests intersected. They, like us, had a keen interest to invest in developing the sector.”

Since then ABI has specialized in manufacturing automated equipment, which is often created for clients’ unique needs or to fill a gap in automation in the industry. Kuperman, whose enthusiasm for his job and company were palpable in our chat, shared that for many at the company, the job is seen as more play than it is work.

“You have to like what you do. When you start with a piece of metal and end up with a device of tremendous complexity, it makes you proud. There are mundane day-to-day challenges, just like with any company, but at the end of the day we get to build robots—grown men playing with toys, essentially—which is a great job to have.”

Recently Kuperman and his team took ABI’s latest and greatest bakery offerings to iba 2015, the world’s largest exhibition for bakeries and bakery equipment, held every three years in Germany. It showcases the best of the best in the industry, and ABI was honored to attend.

Since 1989, ABI LTD has specialized in the manufacturing and integration of automated baking equipment. We are an industry leader in the development of high-calibre technologies and provide solutions for every stage of the baking process, from ingredients handling through to packaging.

ABI LTD provides stand-alone equipment and mid-range lines for retail bakeries while at the same time designing and integrating full end-to-end production lines for many of the world’s largest industrial baking centres. The company boasts a network of satisfied customers from all over the globe.

What We’ve Achieved

    • • We have satisfied customers on four continents, with successful installations across the US, Canada, China, South Korea, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, Russia and many more countries around the globe.
    • • We provide turn-key solutions, not just stand-alone machines. We are a full solutions-provider, integrating machinery from numerous partners to make fully automated lines, start to finish.
    • • Our machines have produced more than 50 million tons of baked goods over the past two and a half decades.

What’s Next

  • • Robotics is revolutionizing industries around the world. In the baking industry, we are a Preferred Partner and the integrator of choice for the largest robotics manufacturer in the world, ABB.
  • • Together, we build products that offer our customers unparalleled precision and efficiency.
  • • Some of our recent projects are:

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