In early 2004, a large bakery in the Chicago area approached T&T with the desire to relocate a 12ft x 100ft long Winkler tunnel oven. As can been seen from the before pictures, the oven was in poor condition. Not many companies would touch this oven with the hope of restoring it to reliable operating condition. Many would have suggested that the bakery scrap the oven.
However, at T&T we love a challenge…
We rebuild older baking ovens from the ground up.
The oven had major structural damage in the combustion towers and in the first/steam zone. T&T‘s handling of the structural upgrade work is shown in the progress pictures.
The bakery was so impressed with the rebuilt oven’s quality, that they decided to have all new stainless steel outer panels fabricated locally for the oven.
For a bakery, the most important equipment is the baking oven. At the end of the day, the final product and baking quality is what a bakery’s reputation and business relies on.
This large bakery could easily have afforded a new baking oven. However, after our presentation, they felt T&T could save them considerable costs with the rebuilt option. With the saved money they were able to invest in other items in the new facility. From the oven rebuilding, the project expanded when they added a monorail proof box, conveyor, depanner, oven loader and unloader; all installed by T&T.
T&T can remanufacture a used baking tunnel oven for about 50% savings against an all new oven with compatible baking performance.