This guide presents five key considerations when finding the right cutting boards for your food production site.

The right cutting boards could make all the difference to your food production site, helping you and your team to:

  • Ensure consistency: if your cutting boards feature clear guidelines, this should help your site to achieve accurate and consistent results.
  • Reduce rejects: consistent results will lead to the reduction of rejects due to incorrect sizing.
  • Improve efficiency: correctly equipping your operatives could reduce processing and/or rework time. This could lead to an increase in output.
  • Streamline quality control procedures: if your cutting boards feature clear guidelines, this will simplify the process of checking factors like size, diameter, length, and slice width.
  • Make instructions visual: colour-coded and engraved cutting boards will help you to communicate with your staff, especially those who don’t have English as their first language.
  • Reduce equipment ‘shrinkage’: engraving your cutting boards with serial numbers or department names could work as an excellent deterrent for missing and/or stolen boards.

In the interest of helping you to secure the benefits listed above, we have created a guide to finding the right boards for your site – highlighting five considerations that should inform your decision.

1. Size and Thickness

First, you need to consider the size and thickness of your cutting boards. As you can imagine, a thicker board tends to be more durable. However, it will also be slightly heavier, making it the ideal choice for applications that don’t require the cutting boards to be moved around too frequently. A thicker board is also ideal for products and ingredients that are tougher to cut – offering increased stability and strength. In contrast, a thinner board is suited to the slicing of lightweight ingredients.

In terms of size, it’s essential that your cutting boards are big enough to support your application. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of your products and ingredients falling off the board and being contaminated by the surface underneath.

If you are unsure about the size and thickness that is best suited to your site, this is something to discuss with your equipment provider.

Here at Klipspringer, we supply cutting boards in the following sizes:

  • 305 x 229 x 12mm
  • 457 x 305 x 12mm
  • 457 x 305 x 20mm
  • 610 x 440 x 12mm
  • 610 x 440 x 20mm

As you can see, there are two thicknesses available: 12mm and 20mm

We also provide bespoke sizes for our customers. To learn more about the options available, you can contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com.

2. Colour

Cutting Boards are one of the most common examples of equipment that benefits from colour-coding. In fact, colour-coded chopping boards can be found in most homes, so they will certainly have their place in a state-of-the-art food production facility.

An established colour-coding policy reduces the risk of contamination and human error. It will also help your site to overcome language barriers and move towards audit compliance.

Below is an example of arguably the most popular approach to colour-coding:

  • Red: raw meat
  • Yellow: poultry
  • Blue: fish and shellfish
  • Green: fruit and vegetables
  • White: dairy products and baked goods

HAACP guidelines also recommend brown for cooked meats and purple for allergenic foods.

At Klipspringer, we stock boards in white, blue, red, yellow and green in every size.

3. Guides

Next, you need to consider the sizing guides or requirements that will be included on your board. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from opting for a plain design, but the introduction of guidelines will help to speed up your operation, drive consistency, and make life easier for your operatives.

Ranging from straight forward centimeter increments for product preparation to large squares for dicing requirements, your boards can be customised with a wide range of guides.

Depending on your supplier, you could even set up custom guides to ensure you meet the product specifications of your customer. Using the board to the left as an example, this could help your operatives to check factors such as the length of a bean, the width of a carrot, and the circumference of a tomato. As a result, your site should see a reduction in customer complaints and unnecessary product wastage.

4. Printed vs Engraved Boards

Another consideration is whether or not you want the guidelines on your cutting boards to be printed or engraved. Typically, sites favour engraved designs, as printed chopping boards tend to fade – broken down by animal fats and cleaning chemicals. As you can imagine, this could present a foreign body risk. It could also involve the costly replacement of your equipment every time the markings show signs of wear. In contrast, engraving provides clear, bold guides that will not degrade over time. Custom engraving will also help you to avoid the foreign sizing templates that are often found on standard printed chopping boards.

5. Certification

As with any of the equipment for your food production site, you need to ensure your cutting boards have the correct certification. Otherwise, your operation could be at risk of a serious non-conformity or even a failed audit.

Perhaps the most important requirement to check is whether or not your cutting boards have been manufactured from food contact approved materials.

It is also worth noting that the choice of material will impact more than just compliance, with substances such as HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) suited to food grade applications, but also more resistant to the scratches and indents that often accompany knife usage.

If you have any concerns, it’s best to speak to your equipment provider.

So that brings us to the end of our guide to finding the right cutting boards for your factory. As you work through your list of priorities and weigh up the different options available, the Klipspringer team would be happy to provide support. You can contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. Alternatively, you can use the form below to arrange a free consultation.  

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