Dutch industrial equipment manufacturer Optiserve has granted worldwide exclusivity to FAM – European market leader in industrial cutting solutions – for the sale of its Glide defect cutter. The Glide is a unit that automatically cuts defects from raw potato strips destined for the production of french fries. OptiServe has been selling the cutting machine with success for about 4 years. Optiserve ascribes this to the fact that the Glide is easy to work with and has an attractive return on investment. According to Optiserve, the world of processing equipment has noticed that this technology was embraced by processors of French fries in several countries around the world. FAM NV, established in Kontich Belgium, has received positive feedback about Glide from the international market and sees this ‘spot cutter’ as an added value to their extensive product range of industrial cutting solutions.
According to Guy Baeten, Strategic and Business Development Manager at FAM NV, “FAM NV manufactures cutting machines for cutting potatoes to slices, dices and French fries. Cutting potatoes is a very accurate and important part of the process to a perfect end product. “FAM desires to help its customers with the best cutting solutions, and Glide – with its entire frame made of stainless steel – completes the product range of a specialist in potato cutting machines. Apart from cutting defects from French fries, the Glide has applications in other markets as well.”
Says Vincent Kuijten, Sales Manager at OptiServe BV: “This is truly fantastic! It is a big compliment for us that companies like FAM see such potential in our product, because the FAM machines are distinguishing itself worldwide as entirely functional and fine technological solutions”. Kuijten points out that the Glide has been improved with better knives, more efficient movement of the raw product through the machine. He notes that Optiserve has worked on the ‘Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the Machinery Directive’ as well, in order to fully comply with the requirements.
Both Optiserve and FAM are present at Interpom | Primeurs 2016 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Optiserve BV can be found in Hall 1, Stand 1122 and FAM / Stumabo can be found in Hall 1, Stand 199.