Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Machine Knives and Blades for the Food Processing Industry
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27 June 2022
Are you in the market for some new machine knives and blades for your food processing machinery and plant? Then don’t just re-order OEM blades or go for the cheapest ones you can find.

You’ll quickly find yourself out of pocket. Instead, you want to buy machine blades and knives that embody the following five characteristics…

1. Engineering experience

First of all, you want to select blades and knives which have been designed and manufactured by experts; by a company that has decades of engineering experience.

Whilst, to the casual observer, blades and knives appear to be simple items, there’s a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise that goes into blades that’ll provide accurate, reliable, consistent cuts over a long service life.

The manufacturer you select should have a strong and demonstrable grasp of things like materials science, metallurgy, design engineering, fabrication and more.

2. Quality materials and coatings

If a machine blade or knife is to offer a long service life whilst simultaneously providing accurate, reliable cuts, then it needs to be made from a quality material.

The use of quality materials and coatings is the absolute foundation of machine blade and knife manufacture. So, you want to choose blades and knives which are not only made from quality materials such as stainless steel, but have been designed and manufactured in such a way as to get the best out of that material.

For example, there’s no point selecting a blade that’s been made from a quality material if it has been designed in such a way that the tensile strength of the blade is compromised.

Here at MRMK our food processing blades and knives are predominantly manufactured from the highest-grade, food-safe stainless steel.

And, when we say stainless steel, we’re referring to Sheffield stainless steel.

Sheffield is the historic home of steel. In fact, stainless steel was invented in the heart of the city by Harry Brearley in 1912.

Where better to buy your stainless steel food processing machine blades from, than a company like MRMK that’s located where this material was invented?!

At MRMK you’ll find blades and knives available in a wide range of base materials, such as:

  • Tool steel.
  • High-speed steel (HSS).
  • Carbon steel.
  • Carbide blades.
  • Stainless steel 420.
  • Stainless steel 440.
  • Powdered steel.

Coatings available include:

  • InfinitEdge®.
  • PTFE (Teflon®) non-stick coating.
  • Titanium nitride (TiN) coating.
  • Titanium carbon nitride (TiCN) coating.
  • Electroless nickel plating.
  • Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating.

As you can see, MRMK offers machine knives and blades manufactured from an unparalleled range of materials and available in a wide range of coatings.

A note on InfinitEdge®

InfinitEdge® is an industry-loading coating created by the team at MRMK, that is designed to produce machine blades and knives that outlast all others on the market.

Not only that, but our InfinitEdge® coating provides blades and knives that deliver powerful cutting performance, time after time, ensuring smooth, uninterrupted performance, less downtime and better profit margins for your food processing business.

To find out more about this revolutionary new coating, download the InfinitEdge® brochure now.

3. Industry expertise

Whilst it may be tempting to choose blades or knives from a general fabricator of metal products, we’d strongly advise against it.

It’s vital that the manufacturer you choose has industry-specific knowledge.

Here at MRMK, we understand that blades used in the food processing industry face unique challenges, and design our blades and knives accordingly.

We know that no two foodstuffs are the same, and that a blade that’s used for de-heading fish isn’t necessarily going to be suitable for processing poultry.

Explore our range of food processing blades and knives and you’ll quickly see the diversity of our range; a range that’s been designed to meet the myriad requirements of food processors of all types.

Our range of food processing blades and knives includes:

  • Bandsaw blades.
  • Circular slicers.
  • Bread slicers.
  • Bowl choppers/cutters.
  • Bone processing blades.
  • Cutoff blades.
  • Debleeder blades.
  • Dehiding blades.
  • Flake blades.
  • Hock cutters.
  • And many more.

4. Custom orders

Not all food processing machines are the same. So, it’s important that you select a machine blade and knife manufacturer that is flexible and able to produce custom blades.

That’s exactly what we are able to offer here at MRMK.

Whether you’ve got older machinery for which you can no longer obtain OEM replacement blades, or you’ve got very niche, obscure machines, we can design and manufacture blades and knives that’ll fit perfectly.

As we said at the outset of this article, the team at MRMK has extensive engineering expertise across multiple disciplines, meaning we are able to produce blades and knives to the very highest quality and to tight tolerances.

5. Quality assurance

When you’re investing in new machine knives and blades for your food processing machinery you not only want to ensure that they’ve been designed and manufactured to the highest standards, but that they’ve been inspected to the highest standards too.

Before a single blade or knife leaves MRMK it will have been through an exceptionally thorough quality assurance process.

Unlike many other blades and knife manufacturers, MRMK employs a dedicated quality assurance team, whose job is to visually inspect every last inch of every blade and knife produced by our engineers.

When you buy MRMK knives and blades for your food processing machinery and plant, you can be assured that you’re getting blades that have undergone the very highest levels of scrutiny.

MRMK: creating a new standard in machine knife manufacturing

MRMK was set up to change the machine knife industry for the better.

Providing blades of OEM quality or higher, but at far more competitive prices, it’s a mission that MRMK is achieving.

That’s why we have satisfied customers in over 50 countries around the world, from industries as diverse as food processing, tobacco, pharmaceutical, automotive and more.

Explore MRMK’s world-renowned food processing blades now

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