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Sheeting dough by hand is a strenuous job when working in a bakery. And once again, time is money. Save time, labor and money with an easy-to-use Dough Sheeter to process your dough.


There are several manufactures of sheeters including AcmeBloemhof, and Rondo to name some of the more popular ones. There are a variety of sheeter makes and models, each of which is designed for a specific function. Call Horizon Equipment for assistance in selecting the right sheeter for the application you have. The right equipment makes all the difference in the success of your bakery business.

If you are in the market for a new sheeter or have one that has years of service, it is very important to maintain and repair it with proper parts and supplies. Horizon Equipment can assist with all your parts and service needs as well. If you already own a Dough Sheeter, let’s take a look at some of these key equipment parts to make sure your equipment is up and running at its top performance.

Dough Sheeter Belts. There are several different types of belting material used on sheeters. There are rubber, nylon, Teflon and even natural fabric or cotton belts used on sheeters depending on the application. There are even specialty and custom belts for those great items your plan to produce. Some belts are connected by glue, while others have stainless steel clipper lacing. Just take a look at your belt and get familiar with the ins and outs of your Dough Sheeter.

How will I know if my sheeter belt is worn? When your sheeter belt is worn, you will see frayed edges or it might be splitting and will start to fray. Sheeter belt edges fray when your Dough Sheeter is not tracking properly. This is the time you want to call and get a new belt. It’s also a good time for a tune-up to adjust the tracking. Schedule a maintenance tune-up for your bakery equipment at the same time. Our Service Team will install your new belt and have you up and running in a flash. You do not want to wait until material off the belt ends up in your product for your customer to find!


You might not know what type of belt your Dough Sheeter has, but knowing the make and model of your bakery equipment is the first step in getting the correct part. Being familiar with the material is also a great piece of information. This information is important to pass on to our Parts Team so they order you the correct piece. It’s possible one of your Dough Sheeters has one type of belt, while the other has a different kind. It does matter which belt goes to which machine, so be observant. A common problem with many sheeter operation issues is that someone has replaced the belt with something different than what was originally supplied with the equipment. Another important piece of information to provide our Parts Team in assisting you with the right choice for your sheeter belt is the width and thickness of the belt and the overall length.


 Sheeter Scrapers. Sheeter scrapers keep the roller clean as the dough passes through. As with Dough Sheeter belts, there are several types from plastic to blue steel, to stainless steel. As they become worn they should be replaced so they don’t damage the sheeting rollers. One very expensive replacement part on a sheeter is the sheeting rollers, so protect them by changing the scrapers. Our parts experts can assist you in getting the right replacement scrapers for your sheeters.

Chains, sprockets and other moving parts. Inspect, clean and lubricate to prevent unnecessary wear on moving parts.

Electrical. Be sure to inspect and replace any electrical cords or safety switches that are not functioning properly. A sheeter is actually one of the more dangerous pieces of equipment in the bakery, so make sure it is up to code for your sake and the sake of your employees. Have a qualified equipment Service Technician examine and make any necessary repairs if you are not comfortable in doing it yourself. Safety first!

Once your Dough Sheeter is tuned-up and ready to roll (literally), you can continue making your baguettes, mini croissants, pasta, and pie crusts to enjoy!

With proper care, your Dough Sheeter can last for many years! For equipment and parts for your Dough Sheeter, contact Horizon Equipment atwww.horizonequipment.com or (800) 394-4674.


Horizon Equipment has a great team of Service and Parts Specialists ready and willing to help you choose the proper belt or other parts for your bakery equipment. We make it easy by providing maintenance tips to optimize the performance of your equipment to keep your bakery business running.


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77 Routines — daily, weekly, monthly, annually. We all have them. Whether you walk your dog in the morning, have a play date every Saturday, or frequent the same restaurant, you have a routine. When our schedule is altered, our whole day can be affected.

 For example, you have gone to the same coffee house, bakery or café for your coffee, ice tea or soft drink every morning as part of your routine. Today, something tastes different, not quite right. You wonder if there is a new employee or maybe they forgot to put on a fresh pot for you. Maybe they changed brands? Or maybe, they just haven’t changed their water filter in the beverage dispenser in over 6 months!

Water is often challenging to filter and can vary due to its source. Seasonal variations can often impart new challenges in a process that has historically run smoothly. This is why 3M has developed an extensive range of filters that deliver exceptional dirt-holding capacity and high flow rates to assure the quality of water used in the production of beverages. 3M filters address the challenges of improving clarity, taste and odor as well as bacterial removal.

75 When you optimize your foodservice equipment with a 3M water filter, you help reduce contaminants that affect the taste, smell, and the overall water quality for water coolers, coffee, tea & vending. You gain brilliant clarity, exceptional taste and extend the life of your equipment — exchanging your water filter on a regular basis will reduce unscheduled service calls associated with corrosion, sediment and scale build-up.

Changing your water filter regularly in your bakery equipment [proofers, boiler, rack ovens] as well will also reduce maintenance and increase energy efficiency by reducing hard scale build up. Your crusty breads, bagels, and other baked goods will look and taste better. Your customers will keep coming back for more! 3M Purification products can be configured to meet the flow rates from small production up to large scale, high capacity production plants. 

76 Successful businesses are created with smart business choices. If you find yourself in need of a water solution for your equipment, or more information, call Horizon Equipment at (800) 394 – 4674 — we are the water filter experts!

Our helpful Sales & Service Team will get you on the right track to a clean and clear way of equipment life!

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Have you ever had to purchase casters for your new or used bakery equipment?

44 You might have found it confusing because there are many elements to consider when buying the right casters for your equipment. Price, size, type and so on. As well, would there be a negative impact on your equipment if you purchase the wrong casters? And remember, “you get what you pay for”, so cheaper doesn’t always mean better.

Baking oven racks, proof racks, storage racks, bakery dough troughs, griddles, and other high temperature bakery applications.


  • Keep your casters and equipment clean.
  • Check for food and debris on a regular basis for optimum productivity.
  • Look beyond the wheel and inspect the nuts, bolts and other parts inside for wear and tear or to remove excess matter.
  • Encourage your bakery team to keep a cleaning and maintenance schedule. 47 Check your wheels – When using polyurethane wheels, poor maintenance will lead to the material becoming embedded in the wheel while causing damage of the wheel tread. Not only will your casters suffer, but your bakery equipment and floors could suffer as well. Tighten up your bolts and keep your parts well lubricated as instructed. If damaged, you should look to replace your casters and wheels as soon as possible. Contact Horizon’s Parts Department for replacement casters and wheels.

There are several negative issues that can arise if you purchase bad casters. Kiss the money you saved up-front goodbye. Your bakery equipment, business and employees will suffer if you purchase bad casters. Bakery racks that bounce across a hard floor on rough wheels tend to crumble. Choosing too soft of a wheel can also limit your equipment load. Use the proper lubrication for right application. High-temp grease for your oven racks and food-grade grease for your transport racks will protect your equipment and floors. Your employees’ safety is first. Prevent injuries by enforcing regular and proper maintenance.  If your equipment parts are maintained on a regular basis and not mistreated, you will get the maximum safety and service performance from your casters.46

Always observe the following rules:

  • Never overload the equipment.
  • Never drop heavy loads on the equipment.
  • Never subject the equipment to operation at high speeds.
  • Swivel casters turn more easily under load, reducing starting effort and fatigue, and allow a more consistent level of output.

Floors are expensive to repair or replace. Poor casters damage floors and poor floors damage casters, reduce productivity, and are hazardous in your bakery business. Are your transport cabinets and bakery racks leaving nasty tracks on your vinyl tile floor? Is the surface of your casters starting to wear, leaving nasty track marks? Assess your floors and check your casters to make sure you have a good match.

In the December article of The Bakery Network Knead2Know newsletter, “Bringing the Heat”, the focus was on ovens and even calibrating your oven. We would like to dig deeper and give you some additional preventative maintenance tips to keep your oven running for many years to come.

Burner Adjustment: Clean and take apart the burner as it usually gets filled with flour or dust. Checking the gas pressure is also important. If there is not enough gas, it will take too long to bake. If there is too much gas (your flame will be a yellow in color), that creates soot; soot causes cracking.

Temperature Calibration: Check your bakery oven temperature on a regular basis. Communicate with your staff as your bakers might be used to baking at a certain temperature. Your bread which used to bake perfectly at 380° might now be too done if your bakers are not aware of the recent calibration!

Heat Exchanger Inspection: Check for defects, cracks plugged ports or any other signs that the integrity of the heat exchanger has been compromised. If damaged, this causes your bakery oven to be inefficient, wastes energy and is unsafe for employees.

42 Horizon Equipment has a great team of service and parts specialists ready and willing to help you choose the proper caster for your bakery equipment. We make it easy by providing maintenance tips to optimize the performance of your equipment to keep your bakery business running.

For more information on choosing the correct caster, check out our Choosing the Proper Caster documentation on our website or visit www.horizonequipment.com.

Save 15% when you mention promo code CASTERS2012 on your next caster order before March 21, 2012.

Need assistance with Service and Parts? Visit Horizon’s Service and Parts Department page for friendly professional support or call us at (800) 394-4674.

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Kettle King Rosette Irons – What are they?

October 2011, The Bakery Network staff writer

With their recent attendance at the All Things Baking Show, The Bakery Network and Horizon Equipment put aside some time to talk about the Kettle King Rosette Iron.


TBN: For some of our readers, they may not know what a Rosette is. To the North American audience, we may view a Rosette as being a decoration on a cake or cupcake. Can you tell us a bit about the origin of the Rosette and what it is?
Horizon: A rosette is a thin, cookie-like deep-fried pastry of Scandinavian (Swedish and Norwegian) origin that is traditionally made around Christmas. With all the different shapes our irons have, there is no limit to which season is best to make and sell them. The rosette cookies can then be topped with chocolate, powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar, sprinkles, flavored icing, etc.

TBN: What is a Rosette Iron and how does the name Kettle King come into play?
Horizon: The Rosette Iron is a cast aluminum iron mold specially designed to make the rosettes. In the foodservice industry, the vessel that holds the frying oil on a fryer is called the kettle, hence the name Kettle King.

TBN: How does a Rosette Iron work?
Horizon: “The iron is heated to a very high temperature in oil, dipped into the batter, then re-immersed in the hot oil to create a crisp shell around the metal. The iron is immediately removed and the rosette is separated from the iron with the patented ejection system on all Kettle King Rosette Irons.” This goes the same for our Croustade Shell Makers.

TBN: Can the Rosette Iron be used for anything else other than ‘Rosettes’?
Horizon: There are various sizes of croustade shell makers which are different shaped irons (round, scalloped, variety). You can fill the croustade shell with sweet or savory food items such as chicken salad, cream cheese, chocolate ganache, frozen yogurt with berries…the options are endless. You could also press the rosette iron on top of your cookie dough and use as a cookie press.

TBN: How does the Kettle King Rosette Iron differ from others on the market?
Horizon: Patented ejection release.

TBN: What can you expect as far as production rates go?
Horizon: Depends on which model you are using. A, 4 on 1” round hors d’oeuvres croustade shell maker will kick out approx. 560 per hour (depending on operator speed).

TBN: Are they easy to clean?
Horizon: Yes. If needed, wipe down with a paper towel. For tougher cleaning, use warm soapy water on the cast aluminum section. Do NOT put in dishwasher. DO store in a cool, dry, dust-free place.

TBN: How about general maintenance…Do you need any special tools?
Horizon: No.

TBN: With the introduction at the All Things Baking show in Schaumberg, how was the response?
Horizon: Based on this being our first introduction at a Trade show, our irons were a hit! As well as selling some directly at the show we also made some great connections within the bakery industry.

Visit www.horizonequipment.com or call 1-800-394-4674 for more information.

Social Connect:
Find Kettle King Rosette Irons on Facebook | Find Horizon Equipment on Facebook | We’re also on Twitter: @HorizonEquip and @KettleKingIrons

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