US industrialised microwave firm launches in the UK

MIP12 Continuous Tempering Tunnel
  (Photo: Link Microtek )

US-based Ferrite Microwave Technologies (FMT) has signed a deal with Link Microtek in Basingstoke that will see the introduction of FMT’s large-scale microwaves into the UK market. 

The microwaves are aimed at the food processing and foodservice industry and have the capabilities to dry, thaw and cook. FMT’s MIP4 Mini Batch Microwave is able to thaw 25kg of beef in 65 seconds, or up to 680kg of raw, frozen product per hour. 

FMT has been represented in the UK by Link Microtek since 2016. The original agreement has now been extended to cover FMT’s large-scale microwave systems. 

“We have enjoyed considerable success with FMT’s range of high-power microwave components since we began working together in 2016, and this extension to our agreement gives us an exciting opportunity to offer a high-quality range of microwave systems to the food processing market in the UK and Ireland,” explained Steve Cranstone, Link Microtek’s managing director.

FMT’s range of options – including mini batch microwave systems, continuous tempering tunnel systems, boost ovens and microwave oven continuous cooking systems – can help customers lower energy costs, minimise process time and reduce product waste, said the company.

“We are delighted at the way our partnership with Link Microtek has developed over the last two years,” added Stephen M King, FMT director of sales.

“With its expert understanding of microwave technology, the company has proved to be a very effective representative and we are confident that this depth of technical knowledge will be of enormous benefit in its efforts to expand our business in the food sector.”

The company’s MIP12 Continuous Tempering Tunnel can temper up to 6,000kg of product per hour, eliminating the need for tempering rooms and heated rack systems and thus avoiding any food safety issues that these can create. Minimised drip loss means that product quality and yield are improved.

FMT’s founding executives were part of the Raytheon team – the minds behind the first industrial microwave system of the 1970s. FMT purchased that business in 2003.

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