Beehive Machinery Feb 10, 1974

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KM-Tbe-SaltLake Tribune. Suuda>vl>Kniary in. !^1 .^,%.<.^.; r/ ' >; * ^\.;^^ V A^--^ •*. -.•'••'•• • • ^^v~ •V.?**.^.^,*.**-- --:• •--'~,j^*!WF*"' """^ ^.^*»*r-^ """*" ******'*' fc ^ J *''™"^**"**""^"™'^*'*****'^*"' J '' ' ' •--- - • _... _ '' ' -« > • f * •.*.,:.-• • ^^ ^^ S.L. Firm Develops Revolutionary 'Beehive Meat Deboner By Lance S. Gudmundsen 'Tribune Staff Writer On first impression, it looks like an oversized meat grinder. Ha mburger- consistency ground meat — or fish — flows from thousands of tiny holes in the machine's nozzle- like head. But the "Beehive Deboner" isn't a meat grinder. For instead of using cuts of meat as raw material, il transforms "waste" into high-protein food. It's manufactured locally by Beehive Machinery, inc.. headquartered at 3375 S. West Temple. Since the deboner was introduced in 19WJ, some 200 have found their way across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries — from Belgium to Brazil. It's the brainchild of Archio Rae McFarland. Beehive's president, and Ross Taylor, vice president. Besides its marketability and profitability (Beehive's sales last year totaled $5 million), they see it as a "humanitarian" machine ... a big stride in emancipating millions from protein proverty. The deboner is just one of the components in a unique food processing system. "Scraps" and small carcasses are fed, via conveyor. Archie Rac McFarland. left, and Ross Taylor with Beehive Machine- ry Co.'s "deboner." The Utah-made machine is in 25 countries abroad. 1 Turned $1000 into Three Million in Real Estate inMySpareTime" into a bane cutter which reduces their size. Next, the material goes into the deboner where a helical screw carries it into a perforated chamber. Pressure inside the cylindrical "head" is some 600 pounds per square inch. Constant pressure It's the constant pressure, Mr. Taylor explaLns. which causes the hard material (bone) to separate from the soft, material (meat and muscle). Each emerges from a different outlet in the head. The bone fragments, skin, connecting tissue — or in the case of fish, the bone, skin and scales — are pumped away. Eventually they'll become bone meal, pet food, pharmaceutical calcium or soup stock. The meat — likewise transported by transfer pump — flows into a carbon dioxide chamber, where it is almost instantaneously chilled. Weighing Device Finally, it's again pumped to a "mixer-meter bagger," a weighing and packaging device. The system's variations .seem countless. "Ninety percent are custom made," says Mr. McFarland. Modifications run from chicken to lobster . . . from beef to rabbit . . . from salmon to shrimp. Models start at $20,000. but the newest in the line will sell for $125,000. (The price, incidentally, includes a week's on-the-scene instruction by a Beehive technician.) Eighty percent of the debon- ing machines — weighing between 1,600 and 2,500 pounds — are shipped by air. "Fare" runs between $6,000 and $13,000. But customers are in a hurry for delivery, Mr. Taylor explains, because they can recoup the shipping costs "in three or four weeks" due to ! production boosts. j Increases Yield The deboner "increases overall carcass yield by 15 percent." he continues. In terms of weight, its efficiency is impressive: In a recent test, trimmed neck bones, for example, yielded 51 percent meat; loin ends, 87.5 percent andsalmon tails. 65 to 75 percent. Current models can process up to 3,000 pounds of "in-feed" material an hour, but the new $125,000 model consumes some 10,000 pounds. Under ideal production conditions, it takes "less than two minutes" from the bone cutter to the packager, Mr. Taylor notes. Recovers Meat "Every day, the equivalent of 19,200,000 three-ounce portions of meat are recovered by our machines. And that's food for a lot of people," Mr. McFarland proudly ados. At best, it would "otherwise end up in soup or as pet food." The first deboner was built in 1966 for Findus, the mammoth Swedish food processor. Next customer was Norbest. While it originally was designed for poultry processing, other potential applications soon were obvious. And Mr. McFarland and Mr. Taylor went to work modifying Uie design. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Beehive red-meat deboner's design, but it currently is used only to process meat destined for export. But Mr. Taylor anticipates that Washington will lift the for-export-only restriction on red meat "within the next month." Giants in the U.S. food industry — Rath, Hormel, Oscar Meyer and Gerber — own Beehive-made machines for processing poultry and seafood. Jack Middleton. director of international sales, who notes that last month's export sales alone totaled some $500,000, predicts the firm's equipment will soon be in Russian plants — and in Red China, too. He's made "tentative arrangements" to send Beehive's 40-foot-long mobile display (currently on a tour of the East) into China. Across the street from company headquarters is one of three local manufacturing operations. There, parts are tooled on Beehive-designed, one-of-a-Kind machines. . Among them is a drill which can bore an 80-thou- sandtbs-of-an-inch diameter hole in quarter-inch-thick stainless steel. (The technique is a company "secret.") The cylindrical heads, Mr. Taylor notes, are perforated with "up to 36,000 holes." The bulk of Beehive's 160 employes are machinists. And it has an ongoing training program for new employes. Next month, the firm will begin moving into a new 40,000-square-foot building at 9100 South and 5Ui West site of the 21-acre Beehive International Plaza industrial park. Total investment, Mr. McFarland says, is in excess of $700.000 And next October, the growing firm will expand into a second unit to be built to the west of the new structure. The complex will house all operations — from offices to machine shops and a USDA- approved mechanical research laboratory. "We haven't even begun to realize our full potential," declares Mr. McFarland. One ingredient in Beehive's success formula is "staying with our machines as long as they're in existance," Mr. McFarland declares. If one fails anywhere in the world, "We'll have a man at his door within 24 hours..." But the real "key," the Beehive president says, i^ assembling "the best people in the Intermountain Area — experts in our particular industry." And then he he adds: "In fact, they're the best in the world..." Dr. Franz Pick, world famous monetary expert, warns: "THE DOLLAR WILL BE WIPED DDT Or. Pick is the Publisher of the World Currency Report, the Currency Yearbook; the author of 6 books about silver & gold; and a contributor to Banon's, Harper's, Playboy and the Northern Miner. Dr. Pick warns that more devaluations and runaway inflation lie' ahead. He foresees "entfless" devaluations tn the rest of the decade—and warns that the next one may come "nex? week.;. or... in eight months." What will this mean for the economy? Dr 0 Pick's answer: "If the currency doesn't work, the country cannot work. The destiny of the currency is, and will be, the destiny of the nation." What lies ahead for the stock market? "Panic." What's Or. Pick's outlook for inflation? "Very bad.... My inflation indicator is Pepperidge Farm Bread. Twelve years ago, I paid 29$ a loaf. Last week,! paid 490— "I believe this year we are going to have a 15% to 25% increase in the cost of living. If that happens, we will come close to bankrupting alt pension tunds." Is runaway inflation a serious possibility? "Argentina, Brazil and Chile are a few countries suffering through runaway inflations now... I was in Brazil a few years ago when they declared 1,000 old cruzeiros equal to 1 new one. Something like that is going to happen with the dollar.... Soon we will go through the wringer." These are excerpts from an exclusive interview with Dr. Pick, in the Pacific Coast Coin Exchange Gold & Silver Newsletter. Trade wars, a new cur-* rency to replace the dollar, bankruptcy of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the oil shortage are a few of the other subjects Dr. Pick discusses. And most important of all. Dr. Pick shows why inflation, devaluations and even runaway inflation need not wipe you out He shows you how to protect your assets. He recommends 4 immediate purchases. For a FREE copy of the entire interview with Dr. Pick, mail the coupon below to the Pacific Coast Coin Exchange, or call 801-363-2715. There's no cost or obligation. I E I I Pacific Coast Coin Exchange A Division o( Monet International 136 East South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 World's oldest and largest broker ol silver coins to investors. Serving you with silver coins, silver bullion, Oeutscriemarks, Swiss francs and numismatic gold. 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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 10 Feb 1974, Sun,
  3. Page 9

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