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Butcher supply wants to replate meat market equipment


Hi, Everyone

I am interested in learning to replate used and worn-out meat market equipment. Such as meat grinder heads, meat saw wheels, etc. The materials and process will need to be "USDA APPROVED." I believe the materials used for this type of work are either nickel or tin. I will be needing a supplier of equipment, materials, and training.

Thanks, Donny

Donny Rodriguez
- butcher supply

Donny, I would agree with you that tin and nickel sound like probable coating materials for food equipment. You'll probably also want to look into electropolishing of stainless steel.

Plating, much more so than most businesses, is 'jobshop' oriented. So I'd suggest that you could start by becoming an expert in writing specs for refinishing equipment in this market,finding plating shops who will do the actual plating for you, and supervising the Q.A., leaving in-house plating until later if ever.

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Very few manufacturers, even huge ones, do their own plating in-house anymore because plating will involve you in EPA and OSHA regs for air and water pollution control and solid waste management. So maybe start on the marketing end, and move to the actual manufacturing side only if and when you need to and have enough experience to stay out of trouble? Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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