There are certain machines that every food processing business needs in order to operate efficiently and effectively, but finding those essential machines is easier said than done. One machine might be perfect for one company, but completely useless to another, so you have to understand your specific needs in order to find the right machine. When trying to figure out what’s essential and what’s not, consider these three categories of machines every food processing business should have: core machines, secondary machines, and specialty machines. Here’s what they are, along with examples of each type of machine and which types of businesses they can best serve.
1. Commercial Meat Grinders or meat mincers
The Basics Meat grinders or meat mincers are a must-have in any food processing business. You can't make hamburgers, sausages, deli meat or chicken nuggets without one. A meat grinder or mincer is a mechanical device that rapidly shreds and forces ground meat through small holes to create either fine or coarse mixtures that are then put through other machines for more shaping, mixing and cooking.
Meat grinders or mincers are made up of several parts: (1) a hopper or feeding chute to add raw meat; (2) a motor and blade that shreds and forces ground meat through small holes to create either fine or coarse mixtures that are then put through other machines for more shaping, mixing and cooking; (3) a bin to catch ground meat; and (4) an outlet tube where ground meat is collected. For small operations, these parts can be all in one unit.