Slicers are the devices for cutting food into pieces of a certain thickness. It is necessary for supermarkets and catering industry to cut such products as meat, sausages, cheese, bread and fish. The device allows automating the process of food cutting, which significantly reduces the time wasted of kitchen’s workers and employees of supermarkets. The devices are divided in several types by type of control. There are: automatic ones, where the cutting process does not require presents of an employee, such devices are used in large industries. And there are semi-automatic devices, where a person should push the product to the knife. Semi-automatic slicers are widely used in supermarkets and in catering. This type of the device is easy to use and allows one to control the process of cutting.
There are several types of the devices for different products. The main difference is in the specificity of a knife. A serrated knife is suitable for cutting of bread and Teflon one is good for cheese. Since the knife is the most important part of such equipment, it is necessary to pay special attention to the material from which it is made. The most reliable knives are made of stainless steel. The speed of rotation of the knife plays a significant role in the reduction of product losses while cutting.
The most optimal speed is 200 turns per minute. The possible duration of the operation of the device depends on its specification. The professional equipment can operate up to 4 hours without shutting down and devices for small-scale cutting work no more than 15 minutes. The size of the device varies depending on its appropriation. The gravitational slicer GRAEF Profi EURO 2560 (Germany) is designed for large product cutting. The blade of the device is tilted to simplify the cutting process. The slicers are equipped with a special removable tray and a base plate for easy cleaning. For safety reasons, the semi-automated devices are equipped with fuses for the blades. To service the equipment manufacturer complements the set with special oil and sharpener for two disk blades.