New Application: AirShirz® Air-Powered Scissors Improve Speed and Efficiency of Poultry Paw Upgrading

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New application for the lightweight yet powerful AirShirz® pneumatic scissors from Bettcher Industries increase worker productivity while reducing muscle fatigue in poultry paw upgrade operations -- an increasingly popular application due to growing export market demand.

Lightweight yet powerful AirShirz® pneumatic scissors from Bettcher Industries increase worker productivity while reducing muscle fatigue in poultry paw upgrade operations -- an increasingly popular application due to growing export market demand. With its air-powered operation and fixed bottom blade design, AirShirz® scissors provide clean, accurate cutting without the stress on hands caused by using manual scissors.    

Fully controllable blades allow operators to use AirShirz® units in the paw upgrade application just as they would manual scissors. AirShirz® requires approximately 90% less muscle activity to operate, and achieves up to 127% greater worker productivity over conventional scissors.

AirShirz® scissors are now available in two grip designs: a two-finger grip for smaller hands, and a larger finger-loop style that works well for all other operators. All models feature an automatic spring-return action, so no effort is required to open the blades.

Moreover, the scissors' pneumatic design gives users complete control over the cutting action, thereby guarding against accidents or an inadvertent cut. A safety latch secures blades in a locked position to enhance safety and prevent damage when not in use. All units use standard 80 to 120 psi plant air.

AirShirz® scissors deliver major benefits in reducing muscle fatigue and exposure to a variety of risk factors associated with musculo-skeletal disorders. There are clear benefits for poultry processing managers who seek improved employee welfare and lower turnover -- along with increased productivity.

AirShirz® pneumatic scissors utilize stainless steel blades. Blades can be removed in seconds and sharpened using conventional sharpening equipment. Based on 80 hours of use weekly, blade life extends to six months with daily buffing and weekly blade sharpening.

Paw upgrading is just one of many productivity-enhancing operations that can be performed using AirShirz® air-powered scissors. Among other popular poultry processing applications are breast tenders, wing-trim for buffalo wings, gizzard harvesting, as well as turkey neck breaking and tail trimming.

Established in 1944, Bettcher Industries is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative precision cutting tools for food processing and other applications. For more information on AirShirz® pneumatic scissors, call (440) 965-4422, e-mail your request to sales @ bettcher.com or visit http://www.bettcher.com.

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