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In commercial, large-scale processing environments, size reduction of protein
products requires technology that produces a consistent, quality product
efficiently and at a high rate of speed.
Williams said the design of the latest generation ma-

the dicer can be equipped with either variable-frequency

chine is the result of bringing customers from the in-

(VFD) or Servo drives. Engineers recently incorporated

dustry's largest processing companies into the Marlen

Servo technology to more precisely start and stop the di-

headquarters in Riverside, Missouri and asking the engi-

cer's blades and belts.

neers and operators working with the machines, for their

Both versions are designed for versatility and can accom-

honest assessments about the pros and cons of the de-

modate complete, precision cutting of proteins, including

sign and performance of the slicer/dicer. The feedback

fresh, tumbled, crust frozen and even cooked products.

proved to be the blueprint for the current DuraKut 6000

"We can dice and slice products, whether they're coming

2D dicer which first made its debut at Process Expo last

right out of the oven or if they are crust frozen," Williams

fall in Chicago.

said. "Nobody else can do that."
A redesigned spiral knife minimizes product movement

Engineering matters

and ensures precision cuts and the DuraKut's system of in-

In commercial, large-scale processing environments,

feed and discharge belts allow for integration up and down

size reduction of protein requires technology that produc-

the processing line, regardless of the product. When work-

es consistent, quality product efficiently and at a high rate

ing with pork bellies for example, usually the sidestraps

of speed. The Carruthers DuraKut 6000 two-dimensional

and the lower grade products that didn't meet the specs

dicer combines the latest user-interface technology with

for the highest margin products, such as bacon strips,

the most reliable and proven machine components. Al-

are relegated to dicing. With the DuraKut, those "second"

len-Bradley's newly launched controls interface ensures

products can be delivered directly to the infeed side of the

user-friendly operation and maintenance of the DuraKut.

machine instead of by a hopper. "From there the diced

Its MobileView HMI provides information and data on the

pieces are utilized for pizza toppings or possibly conveyed

equipment's operation, designed for high-volume and con-

to another area where they can be cooked for bacon bits

tinuous product flow. Depending on processor preference,

for salad toppings," Williams said.



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