Britannia Company offers a range of machinery for
cutting the extruded soap bar exiting from the final
plodder. The bar can be either cut into billets for
presentation to the Stamping machine or into blocks of
finished laundry soap. All our machines are automatic
and are offered as either fixed billet sized knives or
variable billet adjustable knives.
The Britannia Varimax Soap Cutter cuts an extruded soap
bar into billets with a new order of accuracy. The metal
cutting chain links are cut by laser to a high degree of
precision, to give soap bars which are accurate in
length and exhibit a clean, square finish.
Britannia Varimax Soap Cutter is a solidly constructed
machine using all steel fabricated parts for the
supports and framework. This gives an extremely stable
machine completely free from twisting or distortion, and
guarantees the maximum accuracy of cut.
The cutter supports are solid steel to completely
eliminate flexing, and they are cut to accurate
tolerances by high technology lasers.
The articulating drive links are specially fabricated
aluminium metal to combine high strength with light
weight and correspondingly low inertia. This permits the
cutting chain to respond immediately to change of speed
in the extruding soap bar without any tendency to
distort or drag the soap.
The cutting machine, for incorporation into high speed,
fully automatic manufacturing lines, uses a brand new
and unique drive system that is the best available.
Variable speed is provided by an adjustable voltage
direct current motor which uses positive feedback to
maintain precise velocity settings.
Variable torque is provided by a manually adjustable
clutch type coupling where the variation in soap
hardness can be compensated for by an adjustable
It is possible to “slave” together the plodder, cutter
and stamper to all run at exactly the same speed for
fully automatic production.
We offer an alternative design of drive system where it
is not considered desirable to tally automate the
manufacturing line. The Varimax (air) is driven by a
pneumatic motor working off compressed air. By varying
the air pressure it is possible to vary the speed and
torque of the cutting chain.
The cutting chain head on both systems is variable for
angle so that extra thick billets can be cut with true
The fixed type cutting machine is the most economically
priced unit and the cutting chain is mounted on a light
weight support frame. If it is required to change the
size of the cut billet then it is necessary to stop the
machine and unscrew the cutting assembly. This is then
manually lifted off the alternative size of cutting
chain is bolted into place. This operation requires no
skill and occupies about 10 minutes. The extra chain
sizes are specially prepared to the clients specified
standard cutting range is 65mm to 110mm but it is
permissible to remove blades to vary the cutting length.
For instance, if every alternate blade is removed from
the standard chain then the 65mm to 110mm becomes 130mm
to 220mm if only every third blade is left in place,
then the standard chain will adjust between 195mm and