CES: Wilkinson Baking unveils automated breadmaker
The Wilkinson Baking Company, a Bonin Ventures portfolio company, this week unveiled its new automated baking machine, BreadBot at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The BreadBot is “a first-of-its-kind, fully automated breadmaking machine.”
Wilkinson estimates that, in comparison to traditional supermarket supply and production techniques, Breadbot “produces loaves that are fresher, healthier, preservative free and eco-friendly.” The machine produces 10 loaves per hour, taking 90 minutes for the first loaf to be completed. SUbsequently, Breadbot produces a new loaf every six minutes, producing up to 235 loaves per day on a 24 hour production cycle.
The system can produce white, wheat, whole wheat, nine grain, sourdough and honey oat loaves. Retailers can schedule the machine to begin production before opening hours, without employee supervision.
According to the WIlkinson Baking Company, the BreadBot is expected to give retailers a 1900% increase in profits through the elimination and streamlining of “costly current bread distribution process, as well benefiting from increased consumer interest and maximized employee productivity.” Shipping dry ingredients to stores, in place of previously-baked bread, is expected to create six-fold efficiencies, as well as dramatically reduce wasted stock, as bread is baked according to immediate customer demand.
According to a report by Grand View Research, the global baking market is expected to reach US$19.4bn by 2025, with bread expected to account for $8.54bn of that figure.
"Bread is a staple of American life. But in most supermarkets today, it has lost its emotional connection with the shopper," said Randall Wilkinson, CEO of The Wilkinson Baking Company. "In the age of home delivery, The BreadBot attracts consumers back to the store because it delivers fresh, delicious bread that is produced with theater and engagement. We're so excited to bring CES back to basics with The BreadBot this year and to demonstrate how we have increased a retailers' bread sales by more than 30 percent while also decreasing the environmental impact."
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.