Large Onion Peeler

M&P Engineering re-launches production of onion peeling machines in Manchester

M&P Engineering have begun production of an updated version of an onion peeling system using a technique which was developed by them in Manchester over forty years ago.  The company hopes that the mk3 onion peeler will match the success of the previous machines and has been updated to take advantage of current manufacturing techniques and to comply with the latest electrical and safety requirements.

World production of onions was over 74 million tonnes in 2012 (source wikipedia). Arguably the world’s most popular ingredient, whether pickled whole, cut into rings, slivers or diced, it first must be peeled.

The large onion peeler from M&P Engineering tops, tails and peels onions of 45mm to 115mm diameter using a unique method developed by the company in the 1970’s. The compact unit can peel up to 110 onions per minute without water, producing a finished product indistinguishable from hand peeled.

  • The machine uses a compact, simple mechanism which means it is reliable and can be installed and maintained with no specialist knowledge, worldwide.
  • The dry peeling process allows companies to lower water usage and the waste can be composted or burnt to generate power.
  • It can peel a wide range of sizes and shapes of onions without the need for change parts.
  • The machine does not damage the product, meaning the onion can be used directly for pickling or will give maximum yield from further processes like slicing or dicing.

The heart of the M&P Engineering onion peeling system is the skinning process. “Unlike other manufacturers, our machine doesn’t grab or skewer the onion to peel it. Instead we use an air vortex chamber which was designed in the 1970s here in Manchester. Thousands of man-hours went into the development of the system which has yet to be bettered.” – Pamela Nugent, MD at M&P Engineering

The actual skinning process has been captured for the first time using a high speed video camera in the new promotional video available on the M&P Engineering website. Emerging markets, pollution restrictions and the growing interest in good food ingredients means increasing demand for this type of machine.
M&P have recently expanded into a new factory unit to accommodate production of this and other food processing machinery.

About M&P Engineering:

M&P engineering was formed in 1982 when Fraberry Engineering bought the process machinery division of Mather & Platt. M&P Engineering Limited are a leading manufacturer of filling, depositing, packaging and food processing equipment used by major food manufacturers worldwide. The company has been designing, developing and manufacturing machinery since the 1930’s and continues to develop equipment by combining new technology with tried and trusted techniques gained by over eighty years of operation. The company’s strength lies in its ability to provide the customer with solutions based on a wealth of accumulated know-how, incorporating up-to date techniques where appropriate, but always with a sound engineering understanding and exceptional customer service.

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