Interfood to offer BladeStop through new butchery division

Interfood has been appointed as the sole distributor of BladeStop in the UK and Ireland as part of its new butchery division. 

BladeStop is specifically designed to address the health and safety issues relating to bandsaws.  The system has been designed and manufactured by Australian-based company Scott Automation & Robotics in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia.  

Mark Bishop, joint MD of Interfood, said: “BladeStop is the first product we will be offering from our newly-created butchery division. 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 the BladeStop technology, added: “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 wellbeing of employees.”

BladeStop is available from Interfood in two sensing options, with the Glovecheck system detecting operator gloves moving at high speed in a zone directly upstream from the saw blade. In both options, the blade stops in under 15 milliseconds.

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