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IDI Composites International has been chosen to provide custom thermoset moulding compounds to Berkel Company, a supplier of slicers, processors, mixers, and packaging equipment to the commercial food service industry.
IDI’s custom bulk molding compound (BMC) is being used in Berkel’s latest line of automatic food slicers: the X13A. The use of BMC from IDI ultimately contributed to a 40% parts reduction in the new line of slicers, and is indicative of the increasing use of thermoset moulding compounds in the commercial food service industry.
Berkel’s new X13A slicers are unique, as they utilize a single-moulded base that promotes sanitary operation. By switching to IDI’s BMC material, Berkel was able to eliminate seams in the “drip and drop zone” of the slicer caused by welded or bolted metal parts. The material provided by IDI is corrosion resistant, providing an effective cleaning surface that will not degrade from exposure to common sanitizers and cleaners, or acids and proteins commonly found in food.
“Our relationship with Berkel illustrates the benefits of thermoset molding compounds in a market traditionally dominated by metal and aluminum die cast,” said Tom Flood, Vice President and General Manager of IDI Composites International. “The X13A slicer from Berkel features a material that is lighter, easier to clean, and safer to operate, giving our customer a distinct advantage in the marketplace.”
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