Food for thought – Slicing machine for meat portioning

More success stories from the most diverse applications which partners Micromech Systems and Parker has been supporting for food processing equipment and packaging machinery manufacturers.

Slicing machine for meat portioning

In order to open new markets in the fully automated high power segment of meat processing equipment a manufacturer of cutting machines for the production of bacon rashers was planning a new generation of machine. At the same time they wanted to reduce their engineering overheads and in order to reach this goal they decided to use electromechanical standard actuators instead of in-house engineering solutions. Their standard products were however not suitable for the environmental conditions and the wet cleaning procedures.

To conform to regulations Parker was able to offer a food grade solution by providing an IP65 electro thrust cylinder. The cylinder pushes the bacon parts through a fixed multiple grid cutter then after a stroke of 30 mm a cross cutting unit cuts the rashers. The electro thrust cylinder supplies an amazing thrust force of 10,000 N.A where a new stroke is advanced every 0.2 seconds. After twenty strokes the cylinder returns to its initial position. The solution works in conjunction with a servo drive and control technology perfectly matched to the mechanical system, all from one source therefore there are no interface issues.

Thus the customer was able to quickly develop and introduce an advanced new cutting machine into the market delivering over 350 cuts per minute. Not only did this development open up new markets but the successful introduction of the new machine to existing customers also produced additional sales.

Micromech is Parker’s motion partner and can offer a bespoke solution to meet all of your motion control needs, for more information contact Alan Spinks on 01376 333333 or

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