The sharpness tester is used by a knife room technician or trainer in a meat plant who uses the objective knife test results to guide changes in sharpening technique, improving sharpening processes and skill. The operator then reports the data to a safety or operations manager. Many of the larger companies with multiple plants will then make the data available to someone assigned at corporate level who can view the data from all facilities once uploaded to the Anago Knife Sharpness Dashboard (more on the dashboard later).
Testing is quick and easy. Simply clamp the knife in place, enter the test data to be captured and hit GO. Note: test media needs to be tensioned on the non-automated machine. Total test time per knife is usually 1 - 2 minutes.
The equipment is designed to suit all user skill levels, but training is provided to ensure correct operation and optimum use of the data generated.
  • Flat, stable bench or table surface 1 m (3 ft) wide x 70cm (2 ft) deep, with clear frontal access
  • 110-240 volt single-phase (standard) power supply
  • Adjacent computer running Windows operating system (XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10) for installation of operating software (If the operating software is installed on a laptop or tablet the portability of the KST can be utilised)
  • Cover when not in use if area is dusty or damp
The Anago KST will require regular calibration of the load cell to ensure consistency of knife tests results. Typically users will calibrate once or twice a week or after testing particularly dull knives. Beyond calibration virtually no maintenance is required aside from keeping it clean and dry, and periodic cleaning and lubricating of the drive screw.
Anago offers comprehensive product support, from head office and through our network of distributors. We are ready to answer any queries, and dispatch trained service technicians if required. Comprehensive Operation manuals are provided with all products, and full training is offered at installation.