News from GEA’s slicing activity is the new version of the recently introduced DualSlicer with an extended machine length, called DualSlicer 1850. The high performance three-stage portioning conveyor is been modified with a cross directional drive to be able to create special portion types, e.g. cross-shingle, zig-zag-shingle etc. Further, this twin-drive slicer is available with an interleaver, 2-lane up to 4-lane, that enables film rolls to be changed without stopping the machine.

The GEA DualSlicer 1850 can consecutively slice two or four calibrated logs such as  round sausage, or two uncalibrated logs of (emmental type) cheese, cooked ham or raw ham. Mechanically similar to the very high capacity GEA MegaSlicer, it delivers consistent slice quality thanks to GEA’s patented idle-cut rotor technology, which has been further developed to ensure constant slice thicknesses, even with softer products. An adjustable rotor head and the newly developed involute R470 blade guarantees smooth cutting and optimum cutting results. Automatic product loading from the rear is fast, reliable and protects the product.

Low give-away, high product utilization and more on-weight portions

The slicer benefits from having independent drives for each of its two grippers and an adjustable rotor head that work in combination with a new three-stage-portioning conveyor. This configuration adjusts slice thickness on the fly, and results in fewer idle cuts. The independent drives lead to high product utilization thanks to very low give-away and a high rate of on-weight portions, mainly in combination with the GEA OptiScan system, where 2 logs will be simultaneously scanned via x-ray technology.

Hygienic design is in accordance to USDA guidelines, and provides excellent access from all sides. Sloped surfaces ensure that water drains off easily during cleaning, belts and conveyors are easily dismounted, electrical and pneumatic units are separated from the food area, and optimum access is provided to the entire product contact areas for inspection and cleaning procedures.

New interleaver for high performance slicing and easy operation

The new interleaver is designed to meet the growing demand for higher speed, easy operation, reliability and ease of maintenance. It enables film rolls to be changed and jams to be cleared without stopping the slicer. Further the blade speed is possible up to 1000 rpm with a stable paper shoot-out due to the GEA patented shear edge design.

Optimized for in-line integration

Thanks to short loading times and high output, the GEA DualSlicer is easily integrated into fully automated lines. It is optimized for working in combination with a GEA ShingleLoader, GEA Check 4000, GEA OptiScan (which analyzes the density and cross-sectional area of natural products), and GEA PowerPak thermoformers.