P11712: Cheesecake Water Dosing Automation


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Wegmans is a private, family-owned corporation that operates approximately 47 supermarkets, with their headquarters in Rochester, NY. In 1950, the son of the founders of Wegmans, Robert Wegman became president of Wegmans stores, and the company began to invest in businesses that would enhance its central focus. Wegman acquired an egg farm and developed an on-site meat processing center and a central bakery. The central bakery is still in the same location, while the Meat Process Center (CIC) has recently moved. The aim of this MSD project is to improve the Cheesecake Bakery Process in the Central Bakery Facility in Rochester, NY. The central bakery provides the baked goods for all the Wegmans stores. Specifically, the cheesecake process has some process problems, as well as a need for updated techniques to more efficiently make the cheesecake. The cheesecake baking process at Wegmans Manufacturing Facility requires a specific water dosing step. Cheesecake batters are filled into the cheesecake pans, and then cheesecake pans are placed on a metal sheet pan. The number of cheesecake pans on the sheet pans is variable depending on the current process. The baking recipe requires water to be added in the sheet pan in order to keep the cheesecake moisture consistent. Current process involves human interaction to fill to sheet pans with 2.5 quarts of water. The project will look into providing an automated user friendly solution to dose water into the metal sheet pans. Improving the Cheesecake making process and providing the workers with more ergonomically correct and efficient methods will increase throughput of the cheesecakes. This will enable Wegmans to deliver the product to the customer in the most cost effective way. (all images provided by wegmans.com)

Project Name
Cheesecake Water Dosing Automation
Project Number
Process Innovation
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
John Kaemmerlen
Primary Customer
Wegmans, Inc.

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