Electrical switching & drive systems & components


Automated cake cutting

First Quarter 2021 Electrical switching & drive systems & components

Tectra Automation has engineered a unique automated cake cutting system for Brenell Quality Desserts in Pietermaritzburg. The company was looking for an automated solution that would be more productive, faster, more precise, and could cut more than one cake at a time. The new automated system uses an ultrasonic vibrating blade to cut one cake perfectly in under one minute. The ultrasonic cutter vibrates

40 000 times a second, resulting in not only fast cutting but also highly precise, non-damaging cutting within the very high food and beverage industry safety standards.

“The new system positions, cuts and portions two cakes in less than a minute – a massive time saving for the client,” says Nico Davies, mechatronics engineer at Tectra Automation. Once the cake is positioned, a live curtain is activated for worker safety and the ultrasonic blade is cleaned after every cycle.

The solution used Bosch Rexroth four-axis linear motion products, Aventics pneumatic clamping systems, a Bosch Rexroth aluminium profile, and a control system to achieve a fully automated and scalable system for the client.

“Using virtual meeting platforms, we worked very closely with the customer and Ultrasonic Systems throughout the design, production and FAT processes,” says Davies. “The lockdown didn’t slow our processes at all and we met all project timelines. We were able to create a truly customised, turnkey solution drawing on a bouquet of premium quality international brands.”

For more information contact Nico Davies, Tectra Automation, +27 11 971 9400, nico.davies@boschrexroth.co.za, www.boschrexroth.africa


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