The Integra-D, Urschel’s newest addition to the Affinity line, is a machine designed with the cutting zone completely separate from the mechanical zone. Hinged access panels ease maintenance and part changeovers. The dicer is powered by a 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) motor.
“Following the success of our large Affinity® cheese dicer, the new Integra-D offers processors all of the advantages in a scaled-down footprint. The Integra-D provides the latest in precision cutting, and a turn-key upgrade for processors with Urschel RA series machines. Updating a line could not be simpler, and the benefits derived from higher yields is a bonus,” Tim O’Brien, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing said.
The new three-dimensional dicer accepts products up to 4.5 inches (114 mm). Product is delivered to a feed hopper and enters a rotating impeller. Centrifugal force holds the product against the inside of the case. Impeller paddles carry the product past the slicing knife. An adjustable slice gate at the top of the case determines the slice thickness.
Slices pass between the rotating feed drum and feed spindle and then enter the circular knives where they are cut into strips. The strips pass directly into the crosscut knives where the final cut is made to create a precision dice. The stripper plate removes product from the spaces between the circular knives and acts as a shear edge for the crosscut knives. Strip cuts can be produced by removing the crosscut knife spindle.
“Superior sanitation, quick part changeovers, and heavy duty are terms customers use to describe the new Integra-D cheese dicer,” according to Scott Klockow, Mechanical Design manager. “Customers replacing an RA machine with the Integra-D have experienced 20 to even 50 percent higher capacities due to the larger infeed and increased horsepower.