Interfood Butchery Ltd is proud to have been chosen as the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland for the BladeStop™ range of bandsaws. Already proven in Australasia, this innovative technology is new to these two countries.
With thousands of conventional commercial bandsaws in daily operation in the meat processing industry around the world, evidence suggests their use can potentially result in serious incidents for the operators using them. Many of these result in deep and serious wounds to the machine operators that require hospital treatment. Some even result in amputation.
The innovative BladeStop™ system has been designed to minimise these incidents and their severity, by bringing the cutting blade to a complete standstill in only a matter of milliseconds. It does so by sensing the operator coming into contact with the blade. The speed with which it stops the bandsaw can be the difference between a minor cut and a serious injury. Available with two different sensing modes, the system is able to bring the cutting blade to a complete stop in no more than 0.015 secs. BladeStop™ greatly reduces the potential for serious injury, safeguards workers and can significantly improve operator morale, performance and productivity. For the meat processor, BladeStop™ dramatically reduces the potential for production stoppages caused by accidents, litigation and compensation payouts and can lower insurance premiums.
Already well established in Australasia, hundreds of systems have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2014. Now, following the appointment of Interfood, BladeStop is available in the UK and Ireland from Interfood’s Butchery Division.
Mark Bishop, Joint MD of Interfood, said:
It was very rewarding that the Australian developers of the BladeStop system approached us when they wanted to maximise its potential in the UK and Ireland.
We have developed long standing relationships with many of our customers and pride ourselves on introducing new technologies when we see that it meets a need that is currently not being addressed. BladeStop is the first product we will be offering from our newly created Butchery Division.
This brings our total number of Divisions to eight – ranging from Product Development through to Packing Solutions – with each Division providing the specialist knowledge and experience for the area it represents.
We will be applying the same approach to Interfood Butchery as we have to our other divisions, namely prompt service, comprehensive maintenance contracts, further training and bespoke optimisation to ensure that customers get the most from the equipment.
Richard Nethercot, Interfood’s Product Manager responsible for BladeStop, commented:
We work extensively with many of the major meat and food processors and as soon as we saw BladeStop we recognised the benefits it can offer to many of our customers. By safeguarding workers it shows a company’s commitment to its health and safety responsibilities and, by reducing the risk of serious injury, helps to improve the morale and well-being of employees.
There are also, of course, the financial repercussions to consider: BladeStop significantly reduces the potential for compensation payouts and provides the opportunity to lower insurance premiums.
BladeStop™ is backed by Interfood’s after-sales service and support that is second to none. Prompt service, comprehensive maintenance contracts, further training and bespoke optimisation programmes ensure that customers get the most from their Interfood equipment.
BladeStop™ – Designed and manufactured by Scott Automation & Robotics in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia.
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