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  • Writer's pictureBrianna

Automation with Handmade Results

Uncovering the Baking Industry's Divisive Question: To Automate or Not to Automate?

This question sparks a lively debate within the baking industry, particularly in the realm of dessert decoration. On the one hand, embracing automation offers the potential to reach a broader customer base, enhance quality control, streamline operations, and mitigate workplace hazards. These are just a handful of rationales driving bakeries to integrate automation into their processes. On the flip side, there are those who argue that customers value and anticipate the personal touch of handmade goods. For them, presenting a product with a generic appearance would be seen as a slight.

12,000 Open Decorator Jobs

Decorating cakes has always been a labor of love. This skill is not to be taken lightly as it is a dying trade. According to LinkedIn Jobs and Indeed there are over 12,000 open decorator positions at this time, June 2023.

As the population grows, so does the appetite. This has led many companies to mass producing cakes. The most efficient and cost effective way for a company to do this is to produce large recurring batches of products that look identical. Or is it?

Graph compiled by Grand View Research

BeeHex Automation’s decorating robots give consistent controlled results while still maintaining the integrity of a handmade look. Like experienced decorators, this skill did not happen overnight! It took BeeHex engineers years to perfect all the nuances that could replicate finer details. The biggest asset has been their patented vision system. The ability to identify, shape, size, and location on the sheet tray has set BeeHex apart from other automatic systems.

Credit: Joe Bloom
Holiday cookies by the Dessert Decorator.

Also, I think it is important to mention, if you need a really high throughput with consistency, BeeHex Automation offers a robotic solution for mass production as well.


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