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Support and instructional information for the Formatic Cookie Machine

Formatic Installation & Operation Guide

Erika Record Baking Equipment is pleased to offer our customers a comprehensive tutorial on how to properly install and operate their Formatic cookie machine.

For ease of viewing, we have created a comprehensive overview that has been broken down into segments. Likewise, you can also watch the video in its entirety.

For clients who wish to follow the video as they complete their install and training process, we highly recommend making use of play/pause button when watching.

Video Segments

For ease of viewing, we have broken down the Formatic Instructional video into segments that cover an individual topic of the machine’s installation and/or operation. To access those segments, simply click on the links below.

Parts & Accessories

Identifying all the main components and accessories of your machine

Hopper Installation

Hopper and paddle installation

Conveyor Belt Assembly Installation

Installation of the conveyor belt and arm assembly

Drum Installation

Installation of the forming drum

Drum Depth Adjustment

Adjusting the weight or thickness of your product

Drum Scraper Adjustment

Adjustment of the drum scraper wire

Operational Controls

An overview of the operational controls

Demonstration Video

An overview of the Formatic in production

Cleaning & Dismantle

An overview and how to dismantle and clean your machine.

Custom Drum Options

An overview of custom forming drum options

Dough Types & Particulates

An overview of the various dough types and particulates

Complete Video

Watch the entire thing from start to finish!

Parts & Accessories Overview

The Formatic comes with a variety of included parts and accessories. It is important when assembling, operating or maintaining this machine that end users identify all of the parts and accessories they will be interacting with. This will help avoid damage and ensure an efficient installation and production flow process. The video below highlights each of those accessories.

Tools & Accessories

Contained within a large document sized envelope you will find the following parts & accessories.

Machine & Hopper Components

The following are parts and accessories for the rest of machine, including the hopper.

Weight Cam Lock Nut Wrench

Wrench

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Conveyor Belt Assembly

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Bottom Paddle

Drum Scraper Wire

Nut Driver

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Foot Pedal

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Upper Paddle

Electrical Enclosure Key

Spacer

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Foot Pedal

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Hopper Seal

Allen/Hex Keys

Drum Scraper

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Hopper

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Papering Cam

Owner's Manual

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Hopper Lid & Funnel

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Paddle Knob

The larger knob

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Conveyor Belt Assembly Knob

The smaller knob

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Drumb Knob

Hopper Installation

The video below highlights installation of the Formatic Hopper. This includes installation of the paddles, hopper seal, hopper base, as well as the corresponding funnel lid.

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Step 1

Ensure the hopper seal is facing grooved side up.

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Step 2

With the grooved side still facing updwards, insert the hopper seal into the hopper – ensuring it is firmly in place.

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Step 3

Install the hopper paddles with the larger, bottom paddle being installed first.

On the underside of the bottom paddle you will notice a notch within the center hub. This notch must align with the notch on the paddle shaft.

Now install the upper paddle, ensuring the notch on the upper paddle is aligned with the notch on the bottom paddle.

Finally, secure the paddles to the shaft with the larger paddle knob. (The smaller knob is used for securing the conveyor belt assembly.)

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Step 4

Place the hopper over the paddle assembly. Ensure the indexing pin (located at the bottom of the hopper) is shifted towards the left. This is crucial for drum installation.

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Step 5

Place the hopper funnel and lid on top of the hopper. Make sure the hinge located on the bottom of the lid aligns with the pin located on the upper rear side of the hopper. The magnetic safety located at the bottom of the hopper lid must align with the machine in order to ensure operation.

Troubleshooting

The issues highlighted below are common issues we discuss with clients during technical support interactions.

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Indexing Pin

Ensure the indexing pin (located at the bottom of the hopper) is shifted towards the left. This is crucial for drum installation.

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Magnetic Safety

The magnetic safety located at the bottom of the hopper lid must align with the machine in order to ensure operation.

Conveyor Belt Assembly Installation

The video below highlights installation of the Formatic Conveyor Belt Assembly. This includes placement of the blue conveyor belt onto the assembly arm, and securing the assembly arm to the machine.

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Step 1

Ensure the groove on the underside of the blue conveyor belt align with the grove of the belt drive.

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Step 2

With the blue conveyor belt over the conveyor arm, install so that the metal arm aligns with the shaft, and the blue conveyor belt with the belt drive

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Step 3

Secure the conveyor arm to the machine using the conveyor belt assembly knob. (This is the small knob. The larger knob is used for securing the hopper paddles as previously outlined.)

Drum Installation

The video below highlights installation of the Formatic drum. It is extremely important that the end user follows instructions verbatim as to avoid damage to both the machine and drum.

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Step 1

Position the hopper so that the indexing pin is positioned to the left-hand side of the machine. This will help avoid damage to the drum. The drum will not fit with the indexing pin centered onto the machine. Forcing the drum to fit will cause damage to both your machine and drum. This resulting damage is not covered under warranty.

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Step 2

Ensure the notch on the drum gear is facing upwards by manually rotating the hopper paddles in a counter-clockwise direction. This should be done with the machine unplugged for added safety.

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Step 3

Align the drum gear with the center shaft of the drum. Proceed to install with the drum facing forward.

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Step 4

Once placed onto the machine you will notice that the drum protrudes past the drum housing. Complete installation by pressing both the upper and lower pistons in unison. This will ensure that the drum is recessed within that housing.

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Step 5

Place the papering cam in front of the drum and fasten counter-clockwise with the drum knob. This will serve as a cover for the drum.

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Step 6

Reposition the hopper so that the indexing pin is centered in front of the drum and fasten all four hopper knobs.

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Step 7

Insert the drum scraper into the port and fasten with the built in port screw. Verify installation once fastened, by tugging on the drum scraper. It should not be able to move when tugged.

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Step 8

Verify drum and paddle installation by conducting a dry run without dough.

Troubleshooting

The issues highlighted below are common issues we discuss with clients during technical support interactions.

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Indexing Pin

The drum and/or machine can become severely damaged if the indexing pin is not properly aligned. Ensure the indexing pin (located at the bottom of the hopper) is shifted towards the left. The drum should NEVER have to be forced into the machine.

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Drum Recessed Within Housing

Failure to ensure the drum is completely recessed within the housing can also lead drum and/or machine damage. Complete installation by pressing both the upper and lower pistons in unison. This will ensure that the drum is recessed within that housing.

Drum Depth Adjustment

The video below highlights adjustment of depth on your Formatic drum. The depth of your Formatic drum controls both weight and thickness of your final product.

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Step 1

Loosen the thickeness/weight control cam.

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Step 2

Proceed to adjust the thickness/weight control cam until the desired piston depth/thickness is achieved.

If adjusting weight, simply perform adjustments (as mentioned above) and check machine deposits via a scale. Continue to adjust until the desired weight range is achieved.

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Step 3

Once the desired settings are configured, tighten the thickness/weight control cam.

Drum Scraper Adjustment

The video below highlights adjustment of your Formatic’s drum scraper attachment.

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Step 1

Remove the port cover located on the left-hand side of the machine.

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Step 2

Use the included allen/hex key to adjust the distance between the drum scraper wire and the piston.

With the drum piston protruding from the drum, the scraper wire should touch the piston. This is the optimal setting. If positioned too far from the piston, the dough will not be effectively deposited.

Operational Controls

The video below highlights the various operational controls of your Formatic.

Green Button

This turns the machine on.

Red Stop Button

This turns the machine off. Once pressed the button must be released before the machine will turn on again.

Foot Control Toggle

This controls operation of the Foot Control Pedal. When switched in the up position, the machine will run in a continuous automatic mode. When switched in the down position, the machine will only deposit when engaging the Foot Control Pedal. Regardless of whether in automatic or foot control mode, the on button must be pressed in order to begin production.

Speed Control

This dial controls the production flow by adjusting the speed at which the belt moves and drum rotates. The lower the number on the dial, the slower production. The higher the number on the dial, the quicker production.

Demonstration Video

The video below highlights the Formatic producing chocolate chip cookies.

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Step 1

Load the hopper with dough.

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Step 2

Close the hopper lid.

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Step 3

Flip the Foot Control toggle upwards for continuous automatic operation or downwards for operation with the Foot Control Pedal, then press on.

Cleaning & Dismantle

The video below highlights the dismantle and cleaning process for the Formatic.

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Step 1

Once production is finished, proceed to dismantle the entire machine.

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Step 2

The drum, paddles, hopper, hopper lid, gaskets/seals, and conveyor assembly can be hand washed with warm water and mild dish detergent. Do NOT use a commercial dishwasher or extremely hot water temperatures as this may cause warping and/or additional damage to the components.

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Step 3

Proceed to wipe down the remaining components of the machine with a sanitizing solution. Be sure to pay careful attention to the hopper and drum housing areas.

Troubleshooting

The issues highlighted below are common issues we discuss with clients during technical support interactions.

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Cleaning

It is absolutely imperative that you clean all of the crevices of the machine in which product may accumulate during the forming process. The most common areas where this may happen includes: the hopper area, the crevices surrounding the drum housing, and behind the drum gear.

Damage related to improper maintenance or lack of cleaning is not covered under warranty.

Custom Drum Options

The video below highlights just a small variety of available custom drum options for your Formatic.

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Custom Drum Development

The Formatic has the ability to be coupled with an infinite assortment of custom drum options. We work with clients and our manufacturing partner, Deighton to transform a design concept into a technical drawing. Upon approval, this drawing is then queued into production to become your Formatic drum.

Typical turn-around time is 4 – 6 weeks from the date of approval of the submitted technical drawing .

Dough Types & Particulates

The video below highlights just a small variety of dough types and particulates that can be processed using the Formatic.

Dough Types & Inclusions

The Formatic is capable of processing a wide variety of cookie doughs both with and without inclusions. Some common includsions include: chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, oats, nuts, berries, and more.

We also offer clients an opportunity to test their specific recipe prior to purchase. To learn more about our sales consulting process please click here.

Complete Video

The video below is the complete instructional video for the Formatic.