New cheese shredder kits said to boost work rates

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Significantly improved work rates are claimed to result from retrofitting new parts kits to the Cheese Shredders produced by US food processing machine manufacturer, Urschel.

The parts kits designed for the company’s Model CC-D Cheese Shredders feature wider diameter discharge shoots which increases the size of the enclosure surrounding the cutting zone.

With the introduction of the new 10Hp machines, the capacities have increased so much that in some cases the shredded cheese would build up in the discharge​,” an Urschel spokesperson told “With the wider discharge and longer horizontal housing, the shredded products can always freely flow out of the machine. The benefits are an uninterrupted production at very high capacities​.”

Extended gearbox

The new parts kits feature a choice of either 66cms (26 inches) or 81cms (32 inches) diameter discharge chute. The enlarged chutes require a new extended gearbox and a choice of a funnel feed hopper with or without crank style opening. The latter is said to be an operator-friendly way to open the cutting enclosure for cleaning and changing shredding heads

In addition to improving throughput, the larger enclosure promotes a smoother product flow with a larger discharge area which lessens downtime by reducing build-up problems, said the spokesperson.

Although the company said the kit will be most effective for shredding cheese, it can also be use to shred meat, bakery products and vegetables such as carrots and celeriac.

Easily interchangeable cutting heads enable quick switchover of heads. And specially designed throwaway knives are inexpensive to replace and do not require sharpening.

Cutting machines are the most important machines in a processing line​,” said the spokesperson. “They make the appearance of the product, they determine the capacity of the line and they are the most important machines looking at quality and yield. So, for a small investment the customer can grade up the processing line considerably​.”

Cutting equipment

Tim O'Brien, sales vice president added: “This new development is something existing CC-D owners should definitely evaluate. The CC-D is the standard in the industry, and Urschel prides itself, not only on developing new food cutting equipment, but also improving on existing Urschel designs​.”

For shredding cheese, the company advises using a 10Hp Model CC.

For customers who operate the 5Hp Model CC, Urschel recommends upgrading to a new machine with a 10HP motor.

The kits are available worldwide, with price depending on kit specifications, said the firm.

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