Ice Cream Tube Slitter

For this project, we were asked to come up with a way to slice open tubes of "raw" ice cream by a company that produces ice cream cakes.  They were currently doing it by hand with a utility knife.  This presented many concerns such as safety, product contamination, ergonomics, and repetitive motion.  What we came up with was a pneumatically controlled fixture that pushes the frozen tubes through a set of opposing blades.  Once the tube comes out the other side it is simply opened like a clamshell.  The video below first shows our in-house testing followed by the device in operation by the customer.

(The logo and name on the device is of our old company name ... Adirontech.)