Customers want to increase production capacity by moving from manual to automatic production. However, sometimes machine-made dumplings cannot meet their required shape. Either customers have to give up having handmade pleats and delicate patterns or they stay in manual production. Dumpling machine has been ANKO's bestseller. We have received many inquiries about dumpling shapes. "Do you have other more natural patterns?", "Do you have pinching patterns?", "Do you have other pinching patterns?", "Why is the machine-made dumplings not mouth-watering?" and so on. To response these demands, we started a series of development processes.
Traditionally, people eat dumplings at special occasions like Chinese New Year. Dumpling consists of a dough wrapper wrapped around a filling. On Chinese New Year's Eve, one of the lucky dishes is dumpling, because when wrapping filling, good luck is also wrapped into dumplings. All people who eat the dumplings can have good luck in the coming year. For this reason, on that day, every family will make dumplings, starting from kneading dough and preparing ingredients of filling. All family members sit around a table and wrap dumplings together. It is always a great time and memory when it comes to dumplings.
Now, dumpling becomes a food eaten as a meal at any time. When you want a quick meal or don't know what to eat, you can buy a bag of frozen dumplings from supermarkets. Boil water, drop dumplings, and 10 minutes later, enjoy them! Or you can have several pieces of cooked dumplings at a little eatery. A dish of dumplings is paired perfectly with soy milk or soup. Some people like to have dumpling soup that dumplings are served in a bowl of soup such as hot and sour soup (酸辣湯) or beef soup.
In addition to the two ways to have dumplings, due to the growth of food delivery in recent years, dumpling delivery to your door is another choice. Perhaps the rising trends would increase the consumption of dumplings.
It's been a long time since HLT-700XL was launched. During these years, we are dedicated to developing a machine to solve customers' problems rather than to make them have new problems. Therefore, ANKO's R&D team adopts "design thinking", focusing on user experience, instead of mechanical functions. Through 5 stages of design thinking – empathy, define, ideate, prototype, and test – we want to develop a product that meets customers' needs.
There was a lot of feedback from our clients.
"Is the shape of machine-made dumpling as same as that of handmade dumpling?", "Except for these kinds of patterns, are there any options?", "It's easy to recognize machine-made dumplings."
About end consumer's preferences:
"I still love handmade dumplings.", "Let's buy some handmade frozen dumplings.", "The handmade dumplings are full of filling, very delicious."
Dumpling manufacturers or restaurant owners worry that the shape of dumpling affects consumers' appetite and willingness to buy. Most people even think that handmade dumplings are more delicious than machine-made ones.
Dumpling manufacturers or restaurant owners want to satisfy most consumers' needs to maintain or increase sales, so we have to offer a dumpling machine that can make dumplings with a handmade look. Our R&D team, therefore, set the target of developing a set of rotary molds that could make plump dumplings with realistic pinching patterns.
New design of shaping mechanism to enhance dumpling's handmade look
Tasty appearance with handmade pleats
Dumpling with thin edge can be also produced by HLT-700U
At this stage, first of all, our rotary mold designers had done a thorough survey on dumpling shape and different ways to fold dumplings. Then, everyone threw out their ideas that helped team members think from different viewpoints, such as engineering, characteristics of cooked or uncooked dumpling wrapper, consumer's preferences and needs. Finally, the ideas were integrated into several types of rotary molds.
After having specific ideas, the designers made prototypes of the rotary molds with a 3D printer. At the fourth stage, our R&D team made many prototypes and went through a continuous process of testing and modifying. Due to the testing process, the ideas had been gradually actualized. The designers developed "Artisan Mold", which consists of two molds to form "plump dumplings" and innovated three pinching pattern molds, one can make dumplings with "handmade pleats" and the other two can make them with "thin edge" and "wave edge".
Finally, these molds were installed on HLT-700U and had test runs to ensure whether they can produce dumplings as required. Our R&D team also tried different setups to find subtle problems and solve them.
On the day of the HLT-700U launch event, these innovative molds are received positive responses. A customer told us that she had wanted to have a HLT-700XL for years, but had yet to make a decision. This time, she saw that the HLT-700U can make such plump dumplings, she knew that it is what she wants.
Dumpling rotary mold design thinking-ideate
Dumpling rotary mold design thinking-prototype
ANKO creates in-house Prototype Food Molds utilizing 3D Printers
The HLT-700U's main features: The new Multipurpose Filling & Forming Machine - HLT-700U - is capable of mass-producing dumplings with handmade pleats, full filling, and an attractive shape. The Artisan Mold is an innovative design to enhance the dumpling's handmade look.
ARTISAN Molds Series - ANKO's ARTISAN Series is tailor-made for HLT-700U Multipurpose Filling And Forming Machine. ARTISAN Series includes Thin Edge, Handmade Pleats and Wave Edge Mold.
The design concept of the pattern comes from a dumpling folding way - holding a dumpling in your palms and pressing it to seal with two thumbs. Our designers researched the marks, edge thickness, and curved lines after pressing and then carefully designed the details of the mold. Dumplings formed by this mold features realistic handmade pleats, appropriate thickness, and natural curved lines.
The design inspired by a kind of Taiwanese noodles which edges like waves. The mold is designed to press very thin edge, in order to make the edges of dumplings curve after cooking.
To assist the co-manufacturers response to create ideas from market, ANKO launches a new mold – “wave edge” mold, to make dumplings with crimped border like they are pinched and twisted by hand and have more visual appeal.
In addition to the innovation of molds, both dough and filling systems of the new HLT-700U Multipurpose Filling and Forming Machine have been optimized to make the production of food more stable and efficient. Innovative dough screws solve the problem of dough spinning in the dough hopper. Dough can be smoothly brought into dough system and stably formed into a dough tube. Due to filling system enhancements, it can work with a wider range of filling including vegetable filling containing larger dices and extrude vegetable filling with less pressure to maintain the texture and taste of vegetables. With the upgrades mentioned above, the production capacity of the new dumpling machine increases by 20% - 50%. For example, an HLT-700U equipped with Artisan Mold can make 12,000 pieces of 25-gram dumplings per hour.
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