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Stable Micro Systems expands offering to ensure packaging perfection

03 July 2014

Stable Micro Systems, expert in texture analysis, has developed revolutionary 
testing methods for its non-contact laser-based volume measurement instrument, 
the Volscan Profiler. 

New features have been added to the Volscan Profiler, 
enabling bakers to carry out advanced calculations which will provide 
additional meaningful solutions in more specialist applications. With the 
Volscan Profiler, they can now measure the dimensions of their products to 
quantify their suitability to fit into the chosen packaging without difficulty.

In a fast paced baking industry, rapid product measurement and the provision of 
automatically-calculated quality control pass or fail benchmarks are key to 
manufacturing intelligence and success. For the first time, manufacturers of 
sandwich loaves can verify whether their finished diagonally cut sandwiches 
will fit into the desired packaging, via determination of the bread’s maximum 
height and width. In doing so, the process ensures product volume and packaging 
are matched, helping bakers maintain cost efficiencies by reducing waste of 
both product and packaging material.

In addition, producers of specialist breads can carry out full dimensional 
analysis. Bakers of circular baguettes and artisan rolls, for example, can now 
measure the circumference of the section with the largest diameter to discover 
the minimum length of packaging material required to fit around the product to 
completely enclose it. A further calculation measures the minimum enclosing 
circle. The smallest circle that can encompass all of the data points of the 
largest scanned slice is virtually fitted to the finished scanned product. This 
enables bakers to estimate the diameter of packaging needed to contain the 
product without deformation. 

The addition of these unique calculations extends the use of the Volscan 
Profiler by encompassing automatically-determined parameters and providing 
manufacturing decision tools, currently not offered by any alternative or 
historically available volume measuring method. Software which accompanies the 
Volscan Profiler allows flexible data reporting, displaying the finished test 
result as 2D and 3D profiles, as well as archiving all data to spreadsheet 
programmes for further assessment and comparison. The tests are also repeatable 
and applicable from one bakery to the next and maintain production efficiencies 
by obtaining results in under sixty seconds.

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