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Energy-efficient slicers

How Bizerba customers can save money in times of increasing electricity prices


The challenge in terms of sustainability:

Many experts expect electricity costs to increase in the years to come. More than ever energy efficiency has become an important issue when purchasing new devices. That's why Bizerba, through years of research, has been looking for ways to reduce the energy consumption of slicing machines with the same level of performance.

The initial situation:

Our goal was to optimize the individual slicer modes that are stand-by, no-load operation and slicing mode. An example: Most slicers on the market work with a consistent engine power. For soft products the same amount of energy is used as for hard or fine products, therefore more than required. Here is a potential to significantly improve energy efficiency. Many food retailers allow the machine to run idle all day long providing a considerable savings potential.

The solution:

For the slicing mode two requirements had to be met: To retain the motor power with the highest possible energy efficiency in order to optimally slice hard product such as bacon. That's when our engineers in Balingen found a solution: an intelligent motor control system. The power electronics provides the motor with exactly the energy needed to slice the product. If an operator wants to process a product which is easy to slice the machine will detect a relatively low resistance and will provide the motor with less power. For heavier products the motor will be provided with full power and full torque. In addition, our engineers succeeded in the motor generating significantly less heat thereby saving additional energy.

The sustainable strengths:

Users profit from significant cost savings by a major reduction in energy consumption. The new slicer generation also stands out in some other areas. The intelligent motor control system more than pays for itself. Particularly noticeable is the quiet running of the machine, highly practical is the reduced heating up of the slicer and improved cleaning conditions. Last but not least Bizerba GSP and Validoline slicers set new standards in terms of carbon footprints.

The inventors:

Energy-efficient slicers are the result of many years of R&D by Bizerba's food processing engineers.

Brief profile of the company:

Name: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
Headquarters: Balingen
Year established: 1866
Employees: > 3.500
Solutions:  Weighing, labeling, information and foodservice technologies.
Internationality:  Production facilities: Vienna (Austria), Mendrisio (Switzerland), Milan (Italy), Shanghai (China), Joppa (USA) and San Luis Potosi (Mexico). Worldwide Bizerba is represented in 120 countries – with 41 shareholdings in 23 countries and 54 country representations.