Multi-million pound automation to extend bakery plant

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For the past two years, Cheshire-based family bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has been working on an automation project designed to ensure the plant baker continues to maximise its cost efficiency.

Compliance engineers at Lorien Engineering Solutions, with which it has been working on the multimillion pound project, have now been engaged with the final stages of the development to extend the existing process and packaging plant, working with the bakery's international equipment suppliers.

Tony Reynolds, compliance manager at Lorien, has been working with a bread slicing and bagging machinery supplier in Los Angeles and a basket conveying system engineering company in Christchurch, New Zealand. As well as assessing the machinery against European harmonised standards, Reynolds modified the guarding and control systems to ensure that the equipment would meet the stringent CE marking legislation.

Reynolds said: "Neither of the international suppliers had any practical experience of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC as required for CE marking, so Lorien stepped in to ensure that the machinery met with all the relevant EU legislation. By preparing the documentation for the CE technical file for Frank Roberts & Sons, we can ensure that employees are using safe and approved machinery."

Frank Roberts produces around two million loaves, rolls and morning goods each week, which it supplies to the major multiples and independent stores across the country.

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