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Townsend Skinning PrincipleRay Townsend invented the first pork skinner and his Townsend Skinning Principles in 1946. Ever since, Townsend Skinners have led the industry. All Marel skinning products are still based on the Townsend Skinning Principles which consist of three components: Pressure applied by the shoe and blade clamp; Pulling Power provided by the tooth roll; a Sharp Blade. The three principles work in unison to assure maximum machine performance and yield earning potential.
Sharp Blade Townsend No-Load Blades are manufactured to resist nicks and cuts and minimize wear. The reduced wear decreases “drag” and energy demands from both machine and operator.
Pulling Power Forward motion produced by the tooth roll grabs and pulls product toward and across the blade. The tooth roll and blade must maintain factory set tolerance and work in conjunction with one another.
Pressure Precise top pressure on the product will allow the shoe to “float” during skinning and visibly move away from the tooth roll as product advances across the skinning surface.
MarelThe leading global provider of advanced equipment
and systems for meat, poultry, and fish industries.
Marel, Townsend Further Processing, and Stork Poultry Processing - Our brands are among the most respected in the meat, poultry, and fish processing industries. Together we offer the convenience of a single source to meet our customer’s every need.
Marel has a multitude of Product Centers (PC) which have deep and profound knowledge in product applications. PC Skinning is focused on specific application needs that can be applied to skinning, trimming and injecting in the beef, pork, fish and poultry industries.
PC Skinning supplies a wide spectrum of Townsend skinning, trimming and injecting machines and technology. Drawing on over 60 years of Townsend technology, PC Skinning can work with you to conquer any challenges and to reach every goal for your processing line. Whether it is increasing your yields through the skinning process with consistent results, reducing costs in your marinating budget, or decreasing your overall expenses by eliminating manual labor on your trimming lines, PC Skinning is ready to work with you.
Find the perfect fit for your processing line and let the team at PC Skinning help you meet and surpass your goals.
* If you don’t see your specific product, please contact your Marel Sales Representative to learn of all the options and applications our machines have to offer.
Open Top SkinnersOur open-top line of skinners offer a variety of machines designed to remove skin and membrane from a wide variety of meat products without the loss of valuable meat.
Each of our Townsend skinning machines have been designed to perform at optimal levels to give you the highest yields on the market. Although each skinner is specialized, they all work under the same basic principle invented by Ray Townsend in 1946.
Conveyorized SkinnersOur Townsend conveyorized skinners are designed to remove skin or membrane from products and provide you the best yields on the market.
Each machine includes an infeed conveyor that carries product to the skinning mechanism. The infeed conveyor also prevents direct contact by the operator with the skinning mechanism for an extra level of safety. An exit conveyor transfers the skinned product onto receiving conveyors or tables for further processing.
TrimmersOur Townsend trimmers are designed to remove plates of fat and skin from various cuts of meat, individually matching the thickness of the cut to the thickness of the fat cover on the individual piece of meat product.
These machines have infeed and exit conveyors to automatically transport the meat product to and from the defatting mechanism, allowing the operator to stay free of any parts that could cause personal injury.
InjectorsTownsend injectors are designed with a variety of features and benefits that continue the Marel reputation of innovation and reliability for food processing solutions. Whether you are injecting bacon or chicken breasts, our line of injectors will optimize the amount of brine injected and increase the brine retention in your products. This is done with our proven pumping system, needle configuration and needle design.
Open Top Skinners
SK 11-312 Derinding SkinnerThe SK 11-312 is an open top derinding machine with a second adjustable blade holder located above the main skinning blade. The second blade allows you to remove skin and separate a fat layer from a product simultaneously.
The second blade holder is adjustable on both the right and left ends, allowing for precise control of the thickness of the layer of fat that will be removed.
The SK 11-312 provides consistent high yield and performance due to its durable construction and market leading technology.* Also available in a 700 mm width SK 11-317
SK 11-320 Membrane SkinnerThe Townsend SK 11-320 is the market leader in removing membrane from pork and beef muscle. Its flexibility allows it to work great on a variety of special products. It can also make poultry and fish skinning quick and easy for high-yield operations.
Like all Townsend Skinners, the SK 11-320 will increase yields, is ergonomically designed to maximize operator efficiency and productivity and is designed for ease of sanitation.
The SK 11-320 can be produced with a single or two piece tray, height adjustable base, can work with air, water or both and has an optional discharge chute.* Also available in a 700 mm width SK 11-325
SK 11-355 Pork Loin SkinnerThe Townsend SK 11-355 is a specialty skinner designed to work primarily on Pork Loins and other round products that need a thick hide removed. The SK 11-355 uses a specifically designed hood to provide the highest skinning yields on the market. The special design also makes this skinner easy to use and ergonomically comfortable for the operator.
SK 11-350 Derinding SkinnerThe SK 11-350 is an open top skinner that has a wide range of uses. Not only does it remove heavy skin but it works great in removing fat, membrane and fat, heavy membrane, ligament or tendons in beef and can also be used on large scaled fish. It is designed to increase yield and work on an assortment of specialty products with heavy skin. Its durable design significantly reduces downtime for maintenance and is considerably easier to clean than other machines.
Product/Machine Tooth Roll Tray Cleaner Throughput
Tenders 72, 84 Standard Air 150-250/hr
Veal Membrane 72, 84 Standard Air 180-200/hr
Teras Major 64, 72 Standard Air 300-400/hr
Flat Iron 48, 64 Standard Air 300-400/hr
Loin Tail 48, 64 Standard Air 180-200/hr
Loin Flap 48, 64 Standard Air 180-200/hr
Eye of Round 48, 64 Standard Air 300-400/hr
Beef Liver 64, 72 Standard Water 180-300/hr
Beef Tongue 64, 48 Multi Standard Water 250-300/hr
Skirts 36X, 48X, 64X Standard Stripper 150-250/hr
Top 36X, 48X Standard Stripper 180/hr
Bottom Round 36X, 48X Standard Stripper 180/hr
Mock Tenders 36X, 48X Standard Stripper 180/hr
Pork Loins 64, 48X Standard Air 180/hr
Ham Membrane 4D 64, 72, 84 Standard Air 300-400/hr
Horse Meat, Ostrich 48, 64 Standard Air 100-500/hrdepending on product
Venison 64 Standard Air 100-150/hr
Horse Neck/Loins 48X Standard Stripper 100-150/hr
* If you do not see your exact product, contact your Area Sales Manager to discuss your specific needs.
SK 15-320 Heavy Derinding SkinnerThe SK 15-320 is a conveyorized skinner used for heavy applications to remove the skin or fat from flat meat like heavy beef, cow meat, and pork products without loss of valuable meat. You can also utilize the SK 15-320 for splitting and trimming. Like the other Townsend Skinners, this machine will provide you with the highest yields on the market and is very versatile. The SK 15-320 can be utilized in an array of operations because it can be used on a variety of products and species.
Options:• Available with a 14”, 20” or 26” (356, 508 or 660 mm) belt • Adjustable or non adjustable stand• Adjustable or non adjustable blade clamp• Hood assist• “T”-handle adjust• Conveyor extension options
SK 15-350 Auto Shoe Adjust SkinnerAvailable with a variety of top feed applications, the Townsend SK 15-350 can be used in heavy applications to remove skin and fat. This unique skinner can have its shoe adjusted on the fly to any of four preset clearances with just a push of a button. The SK 15-350 allows any operator to program their own specifications to ensure the highest yields possible.
Options:• Conveyor Width 14” (355mm) or 20” (508mm)
SK 15-360 CatTrac Top-Feed SkinnerThe SK 15-360 can be used in heavy applications to remove skin and fat. This machine is similar to the SK 15-350 with four programmable buttons which automatically set the shoe clearance for different sized products.
The true benefit of the SK 15-360 is the CatTrac Top Feed. The CatTrac makes low pressure contact with the product without damaging it, allowing for better pulling power on the product without the loss of valuable meat and achieving the highest yields on the market.
Options:• Conveyor Width 14” (355mm) or 20” (508mm)
SK 14-430 Poultry Skinner The SK 14-430 Poultry Skinner is designed to remove skins from boneless chicken butterfly breast, drumsticks and thighs without the use of water or loss of valuable meat. The machine includes an infeed conveyor that carries product to the skinning mechanism. The infeed conveyor also prevents direct contact by the operator with the skinning mechanism.
Options:• Conveyor Width 14” (355mm) or 20” (508mm)• Chlorinated water belt spray system uses no more than .35 gpm• Pneumatic cylinders hood assist• Handle or adjustable feet top feed adjustments
SK 15-330 Auto Return SkinnerThe SK 15-330 will provide you the highest yields on the market when you are working with heavy applications to remove the skins and/or heavy membrane from flat meat that needs to be skinned on both sides. A return conveyor brings your product back to the operator so they may reintroduce it to the skinning mechanism.
Options:• Conveyor Width 20” (508mm)
SK 15-340 Derinding SkinnerThe SK 15-340 is the work horse of the pork belly derinding market. Like all Townsend Skinners, the SK 15-340 provides increased yields, is easy to clean and was designed for simple maintenance. It is also backed by the experts at Townsend who have been the market leaders in the skinning industry for over 60 years.
Options:• Available with a 14”, 20” or 26” (356, 508 or 660 mm) belt• Adjustable or non adjustable stand• Adjustable or non adjustable blade clamp• Hood assist• “T”-handle adjust• Conveyor extension options
9000A Conveyorized Poultry SkinnerThe 9000A Conveyorized Poultry Skinner is designed to remove membrane from poultry products without loss of valuable meat while achieving the highest yields possible.
The 9000A is a durable and proven solution for the poultry industry.
Product/Machine Belt Width Tooth Roll Top Feed Throughput
Heavy Beef: Rosemeat, Loin Wings, Chuck Flaps,Sirloins, Misc.
20, 26 in; 508, 660 mm 48X Airbag/rolls 1200 pc/hr
* If you do not see your exact product, contact your Area Sales Manager to discuss your specific needs.
AT 21-620 Auto TrimmerThe AT 21-620 is used for the removal of fat and skin from pork butts. Using an optical sensor, this machine individually matches the thickness of each cut to the thickness of the fat cover on each individual piece of product. This results in a highly accurate machine that produces a .1% yield improvement back to carcass weight.
The AT 21-620 is designed to provide you better yield, reduce labor costs and provide a top quality product.
6000DHT AUTOtrimmerThe 6000DHT is used for the removal of fat and skin on pork butts, boneless loins and beef strip loans.
The operator uses push buttons to manually adjust the cutting blade to ensure an accurate cut to within .001”. The precision of this machine will boost yields and reduce rework, enabling owners to reduce labor costs.
Product/Machine Tooth Roll
Pork Shoulder Butts 36TXG
Boneless Beef Strip Loins 30X
Boneless Pork Loin 36X
Pork Butt 36X
IN 33-430The Townsend IN 33-430 Injector is the industry standard when it comes to bacon belly injection.
The advance design reduces brine waste and maintenance costs giving you increased profits. Programmable product recipes make for easy changeover and a uniform needle pattern ensures precision injection.
The IN 33-430 will allow you to optimize the amount of brine being injected and increase the amount of brine retention in the product due to our proven pump system, needle configuration and needle design.
IN 33-330Townsend IN 33-330 Injector is designed for injecting brine or flavor-enhancing fluid into fresh bone-in or boneless poultry products.
The IN 33-330 is designed for product to be loaded into and out of it by means of a conveyor or other automatic loading mechanism. The operator uses a computerized touch screen to control the machine and to monitor injection performance. A set of closely-spaced injecting needles distributes fluid uniformly into the product. The fluid control system maintains constant, accurate injection percentages.
1.85 pt Product Weight Range
Product Height Clearance
Brine Tank Rate
Pork Bellies Consumer Pack Bacon, Microwave Bacon, Bulk Bacon Fresh, Thawed, Soaked, Skin-on or Skin-off Bellies*product must not be frozen
6 – 26 lbs; 6.2 – 13 kg 3.5 in; 89 mm 55 gls, 208 L up to 1,038 lbs./hr; up to 470 kg/hr
Chicken and Turkey Wings, Bone-in or Boneless Breasts and Thighs, Drumsticks*product must not be frozen
.1 – 6 lbs; .04 – 7.2 kg 3 in; 76 mm 55 gls, 208 L up to 21,672 lbs/hr; up to 9,830 kg/hr
Marel is a leading global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the meat, poultry, fish and further processing industries. With offices and subsidiaries in over 30 countries on six continents and a global network of agents and distributors, we work side-by-side with our customers so they can meet their goals. With our range of Manual (Open Top) and Conveyorized Skinners, Injectors and Trimming machines we are able to provide the perfect solution for any operation.
ServiceOur highly trained service staff is available to ensure that your equipment continually performs at peak levels. Our staff can also train your service and maintenance department so you can maintain your own equipment.
We are at your service and will strive to provide you the best in equipment, parts and support.
Original Manufacturer PartsOur Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts are custom made for specific functions on specific equipment. By using OEM replacement parts you will continually achieve the highest performance and a longer machine lifespan.
Townsend BladesIn order to reduce wear, we advise to use Townsend Blades on all our skinners. These blades are manufactured to the highest standards. They resist nicks and cuts and minimize wear. Reduced wear decreases “drag” and energy demands from both machine and operator. The end result is a longer skinning cycle.
Each blade is packaged individually in an impact resistant plastic tray and sealed to avoid movement during transit. The easy-open package makes installation safe and easy for skinner personnel.
GlovesWe recommend using only approved gloves when operating our Open Top skinning machines.
A pair of Best Nitty Gritty Gloves are provided with every Open Top skinner.
Wear only Marel approved Best Nitty Gritty gloves. These gloves must be worn when operating any Townsend Open Top skinning machine. No other gloves should be worn when operating Townsend Open Top skinning machines unless they have been approved by Marel.
Innovation CenterOur Innovation Centers in Kansas City, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa, provide actual plant environments that offer customers the ability to test products with our latest state of the art equipment.
• We replicate your plant conditions.
• We replicate your product conditions.
• We produce a digital record of your product trials.
• We qualify your return on investment.
On Site DemonstrationsUnable to visit one of our Innovation Centers? Ask your Marel Sales Representative about setting up a demonstration in your facility and experience first hand the Townsend difference.