The first intelligent slicing machine – slices, weighs, regulates and saves money.
Online PR News – 15-July-2010 – – Balingen, July 14th - The integrated weighing function of the A 510 slicing machine is a world first: Meat, sausages and cheese are weighed and sliced in exact portions according to the defined weight. Thereby the Bizerba software constantly compares the total weight of the slices with the predefined weight and regulates the thickness of the slices during the slicing process in order to precisely meet the predefined weight limit. Even naturally grown products such as ham can be cut exactly to a predefined weight. Thus the demands of various customers for fixed-weight packages can be met with minimal give-away, even when slicing uncalibrated products.
„Due to the very short control cycle of cutting and weighing the give-away is significantly reduced and the operator can in many instances record enormous savings. By the processing of uncalibrated products there is an average off-cut of 10 %, which is added to the packages free of charge. By using the weighing function during the slicing process, this give-away can be eliminated,” explains Andreas Gmelin, the Director of Food Processing at Bizerba. “In the case of products with a kilo price of 11 Euros and a volume of 10 tons per month, the operator saves up to 11,000 Euros per month. Yearly savings would amount to approx. 130,000 Euros, meaning an extra 130,000 Euro in company profit.”
As is customary in the IT business Bizerba initially delivers its intelligent weighing software as a free demo version together with the slicing machine. Following expiry of the test phase, customers who wish to continue using the software will have to pay a licensing fee.
The integration of weighing into the slicing and portioning process considerably accelerates the production process. “Due to its combination of slicing and weighing and the resulting savings in time, the A 510 is especially attractive for larger meat, sausage and cheese producing companies. Manufacturing companies can employ this machine as an attractive alternative for the processing of product launches or small charges. The product change takes considerably less than one minute,” Gmelin adds.
The form of the product to be sliced, the number of slices and portions, the thickness, the interspacing and the fanning of the slices, the packaging of the slices and numerous other options can be defined and determined through the menu in advance.
„At Bizerba we are focussed on developing an A 510 that is easy to operate, clean and maintain,” Gmelin explains. The colour touch screen with LCD display is clearly laid out and in a self-explanatory manner. The machine’s ergonomics ensure convenient operation, since the low tray and the well-conceived height of the conveyor belt make working with the machine easy. The blade of the A 510 can be sharpened directly on the machine without having to firstly remove the blade. What is more, the slicing machine can be cleaned with a minimum of effort in a few short steps. The blade does not have to removed for cleaning, a fact, which not only makes the cleaning process much easier, but also significantly safer.
To round off the performance characteristics, Bizerba Leasing offers customised financing. The Bizerba Service recommends a maintenance contract for the slicing machines with maintenance intervals being indicated on the machines’ displays. Bizerba offers further products which can be combined with the A 510: From the practical cleaning foam to the compact GLM-E labelling machine for flexible price and variable weight product labelling.
Bizerba is a leading, worldwide-operating technology company offering professional system solutions in scale, label, information and food service technologies, in the retail, food industry, producing and logistic segments. Sector-specific hardware and software, high-performance network-compatible management systems as well as a wide selection of labels, consumables and business services ensure transparent control of integrated business processes and high-level availability of Bizerba-specific performance features.
Worldwide, Bizerba is present in over 120 countries – with 41 shareholdings in 23 countries, as well as 54 country distributors. In 2009, company turnover decreased by approx. 9 % compared to previous year. The company’s headquarters, with a staff of 3,000, is located in Balingen, Germany. Further manufacturing facilities are located in Meßkirch, Bochum, Vienna (Austria), Pfäffikon (Switzerland), Milan (Italy), Shanghai (China), Forest Hill (USA) and San Luis Potosi (Mexico).