by Dave Edney Dave Edney

Meat Grinder Blades

Large ground meat processing facilities use a variety of blades to process proteins such as Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb etc. Generally, the meat is extruded through a die and then cut by a series of rotating blades that scrape against the die.

These rotating blades vary by manufacturer. Companies like Weiler, produce machines that vary in size and therefore use various sized blades. As do all knives, they get dull. When they dull, they are generally discarded. But did you know that for the most part, these knives are made of mild steel, not stainless steel. We are told that it is because of price. A mild steel blade can be purchased for only a dollar each. No consideration is given, however, to the fact that mild steel rusts and can leave contaminants in the food.

This of course is not the case in 99% of all the other processing blades. Generally, you must use a 300 SERIES or 400 SERIES stainless steel. They must be rust and corrosion resistant.

When mild steel grinder blades are used, they must be changed out after each shift to avoid the rusting problem. You must keep in mind that it is not just the cost of the blades to be considered, but also the labor costs to change them out after each shift.

Accu-Grind of New England produces high quality, stainless steel grinder blades that will last from 3 to 5 times longer than the mild steel blades. Although the cost is generally more for each blade, you save the tremendous labor costs to change them out. You also eliminate any chance of any contaminants in your products.

To learn more, contact Dave at 508-987-6800. Let us help you to save money and eliminate risk.

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by Dave Edney Dave Edney

Problems With Guillotine Paper Cutters?

A myriad of problems exists with all the different papers, coatings and plastics and other materials that printers are trying to cut on paper cutters.


Polar cutters have to lead the way addressing these problems by educating their customers about the various techniques available.  A “Micro Bevel” is one that they recommend to their customers.  The micro bevel technique requires a conventional grinding and then polishing the primary bevel.


Accu-Grind of New England has worked with Heidelberg technicians, in the past, to help their customers achieve maximum performance and blade life between sharpening.


Another major problem in a lot of shops is the challenge of cutting coated paper.  There are a number of different coatings and thicknesses of the coatings that are difficult to deal with.  One such problem is the “straight line drip.”  This appears on the cut surface of the paper.  The main problem is that the inked sections of the paper are thicker than the white areas in between.  One quick fix is to use a “Magnetic Clamp Pad”.  Accu-Grind of New England stocks and sells magnetic clamp pads.  The other solution is to drop the clamp pressure a bit,  but not enough to start losing squareness of the cut.


Accu-Grind of New England works directly with all their customers to solve the most difficult challenges.  By having Accu-Grind of New England as a vendor,  you have access to expert advice and the highest quality services.  Call us at 508-987-6800 to see how we can help you.