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Health and Safety Benefits

Reduce Overuse (MSD) injuries
Companies using the knife sharpness tester at their processing plants have reduced their incidence of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) overuse injuries by up to 80% due to the reduced cutting forces required when operating with suitably sharp knives.
Fewer Slips and Cuts
Reduced cutting forces also increases precision and decreases the likelihood of the knife slipping and causing a laceration.
Identify those at risk before it’s too late
The sharpness tester enables you to identify people operating with dull knives and assign knife sharpening and maintenance training to reduce the chance of an overuse injury developing or a slip/cut happening.
Reduce discomfort and fatigue
As well as reducing injuries, the impact of reduced loading on workers bodies also has a positive impact on their comfort and energy levels.

Operational Benefits

Production Output
A sharp knife does the work faster. A 50% increase in cutting speed is common.
Production Yield

A sharp knife does the work better. Lower cutting forces allow greater knife control, which means more meat off the bone and a cleaner job with more meat remaining on higher value cuts and less ending up in the scrap and rework pile. Improvements in yield over 1% are common.

A US poultry plant increased knife sharpness levels using the KST and were able to create a higher value product requiring 30% more cuts per minute with the same number of line staff and product through put as before using the KST.

Product Evaluation
Objectively evaluate and choose the products that work. Simply test prospective knives and sharpening equipment with the KST to separate marketing hype from reality.
Return on Investment
When improvements in production rate, yield, and improved health and safety performance are costed, a typical ROI is just 3 months, demonstrating the extraordinary value of adding the Anago Knife Sharpness Tester to an operation.