Crackers Typical Production Line

High Speed Mixer

Dough is mixed with a unique, shafless mixing blade that ensures good dispersion of ingredients. Mixed dough is automatically discharged into a dough feed system or tub. In many facilities, the mixer is located on the floor above the main line: mixed dough is discharged into the dough feed through a floor chute.

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A sheeter and two gauge rolls produce a continuous dough sheet that is cut and then laid down on a continuously moving conveyor feeding the first gauge roll.

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TruClean™ Gauge Rolls

Achieve and maintain the desired thickness of a sheet of dough.

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TruClean™ Rotary Cutter

A pair of engraved rolls emboss then cut dough pieces from a continuous sheet.

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Direct Gas Fired Oven: radiation heating plus optional turbulence
TruBake™ Oven: convection heating
Hybrid Oven: combines the most appropriate heat transfer method

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Whether sweet or savoury, products made by forming a sheet and cutting the product shapes from it have a lighter, crisper texture than soft dough cookies or biscuits.

Cracker opportunities include well-known styles including cream, cheese, whole wheat and wholemeal, club and enzyme raised crackers, as well as water biscuits.

Laminating for quality

Laminating is the most common forming method for crackers, as it can achieve both lightness and a ‘snap’ in the finished product.

Texture and flavour appeal

Savoury crackers can vary from the very simple and lean – where appeal is mainly in the texture – to enriched products, where flavour comes from the fat included in the dough.  Ingredients that add flavour include pepper, seeds and cheese; sprinkling with salt and/or spraying with oil also add taste.  Sheeted and enzyme raised crackers have their own unique texture.

Techniques to raise quality

Achieving oven ‘spring’ by adjusting the baking profile, adding raising agents to the dough and introducing a fat/flour or crumb mixture between the layers of dough are techniques employed to ensure good separation during baking.

Suggested Product Opportunities

Required Equipment

    Baker Perkins Ltd – UK

    Manor Drive
    Paston Parkway
    PE4 7AP

    Baker Perkins Inc – US

    3223 Kraft Ave. S.E
    Grand Rapids
    49512 2027