One of the prime areas of focus in Cutting, Slicing & Dicing is currently bandsaws as abattoirs and cutting operations, particularly their health and safety policies, come increasingly under the spotlight.

Safety is critical at a time when labour shortages are highlighting the heightened potential for injuries to unskilled workers. These same unskilled workers are also potentially reducing profit margins as their lack of experience in cutting meat leads to imprecise cuts and variations in portion size.

Interfood are now offering a solution to both issues. The PW (precision weight) saw from Astech is a continuous automatic bandsaw with integrated weight control. It features a scanning system through which precision weight slices are produced to pre-determined weight/thickness parameters. The bandsaw can accommodate frozen meat and fish or fresh bone-in products, with its continuous operation meaning there is no need to stop the saw to load the product.

High quality cuts are generated through precise speed adjustments while as a fully enclosed machine with a user-friendly interface with versatile programming, safe and ease of operation are ensured. Easy cleaning is also achieved through the machine’s hygienic design. 

Richard Nethercot is Group Divisional Manager, Low Risk, Butchery Division, at Interfood. He comments – “we offer a system called BladeStop which is designed to allow operators to get up close to the blade in a safe way. However, there is also a significant demand for completely automated systems and with the introduction of this precision weight control option, we can now offer a solution for whichever route a business wants to take.”

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