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Season Greetings

December 16th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering


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Building Freedom Into Your Career

November 18th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering




This is your opportunity to have a career where you are free – like our team in this video.

  • Are you ready to take on a new challenge?
  • Are you prepared to take control of your career?
  • Do you have the vision to be free?

We are offering you the chance to feel free: Free to make decisions, develop talents, find solutions and travel the world.

At SF we are always looking for talented, enthusiastic and creative people to join our teams in Ireland and the UK. We offer employees exciting challenges, opportunities for career advancement and the chance to work at the leading edge of food processing technologies.  By recruiting great people that contribute to the success of the company we have achieved unbroken growth since we were established over 33 years ago.

If you are ready to take on a new challenge talk to SF now.

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Introducing Ishida Expert

November 2nd, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering


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Ishida Europe has launched the first interactive computer-based training programme for multihead weighers.

Called Ishida Expert, the programme provides fully interactive learning that is delivered remotely on a customer’s site to an unlimited number of users.  The self-paced learning product offers best in class training for Ishida’s range of multihead weighers, ensuring that the equipment is set up, operated and maintained to optimum performance levels at all times.  This helps to maximise overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and deliver a fast return on investment.



Comprises of three training levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced – it helps users develop skills from basic operation through technical support to machine trouble shooting.



It combines visual operating animations of Ishida CCW multihead weighers with simultaneous narration, supported by an in-depth learning booklet that serves as a permanent user reference.  Users have to pass a test on completion of each level before moving on to the next learning module.







Ishida Expert complements Ishida’s existing on-site training programmes provided by its specialist teams.  Because the Ishida Expert programme is delivered remotely, it can be easily offered to multiple staff and training can take place around individual shift patterns.  The training can be implemented immediately with no waiting for trainers to become available.

Equally important, the programme enables every participant to learn and progress at their own pace, ensuring that each participant can get the most out of their training.


“We believe Ishida Expert is a unique offering in our market which will help all types and sizes of businesses introduce company-wide best practice in the operation and maintenance of their weighers,” explains Ian Atkinson, Ishida Europe’s Business Manager for Multihead Weighers.   

“This product offers so much more than the conventional basic introduction training – allowing customers to really push the boundaries of their machine and line performance.  The programme can assist all levels of learning – from introducing new employees to the machine to providing existing operators and engineers with enhanced knowledge and skills as well as enabling senior management to maximise operating efficiencies and to get the most from their investment.”

Ian adds that initial customer workshops for Ishida Expert have proved successful with very positive feedback and high approval ratings from users.

Ishida Expert is currently available in English and additional languages are in development.  Training programmes are also being prepared for other equipment in the Ishida range including checkweighers, tray sealers, bag makers and X-ray inspection systems.

Further information or to request a demonstration, please do not hesitate to contact us.



SF Presents the ‘Young Manager of the Year Award’

August 23rd, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering




Congratulations to Barry Greenan of ABP Food Group for receiving the prestigious ‘Young Manager of the Year’ accolade at this year’s Meat Management Industry Awards.

After joining ABP in 2011 as a Trainee Engineering Manager, Barry quickly progressed within the company and his new skills in Retail Meat Processing and management were duly recognised and rewarded. Since October 2011, Barry has worked on the following challenges: Skin stability and servicing improvements, team development, training & progression, pay structure, giveaways and yield on mince, innovation within engineering, auto steak loading and graduate recruitment & training. Now, in 2016 Barry is part of the group’s Senior Engineering Team.

” I have gained a huge amount of experience during my time at ABP. I feel that my drive and skill-set have helped the engineering department grow and become more stable and efficient. We are now driving innovation not only at site level but within the group as a whole”

Barry Greenan – ABP Food Group


” SF Engineering is proud to partner the ‘Young Manager of the year’ award at this year’s ceremony. It is fundamental to the future growth of the meat industry to recognise the achievements of these individuals. “

Seamus Farrell – SF Engineering




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Seafood Processing Global | Portioning & Grading At It’s Best

May 25th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering


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This April at Seafood Processing Global, SF were pleased to support global partner Marelec. During the 3-day event attendees saw demonstrations of the Portio 3, Marelec’s extremely efficient and high precision portion cutter inline with the MC3/4P grader, bringing same-sized portions back together. The dual lane PORTIO 1DA, which offers high speed portioning on a small footprint, and the M3/6 compact grader, perfect for seasonal overflow or smaller processing operations.

For more information about these solutions click here.