FDBusiness.com

Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines

 Breaking News
  • Year of Considerable Progress For Dairy Crest Dairy Crest, the UK dairy group, increased revenue by 10% to £456.8 million and adjusted profit before tax increased by 2.8% to £62.3 million for the year ended 31 March 2018, compared with the previous year. Dairy Crest’s Cheese & Functional Ingredients business increased revenue by 8.8% to £277.2 million while revenue at the Butters, [...]...
  • Edrington Unveils the New Home of The Macallan Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has revealed the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan brand. The new distillery and visitor experience is located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824. From humble beginnings, the brand has risen to become [...]...
  • Nestlé Strengthens its Research Capabilities in Switzerland Nestlé has announced changes that further strengthen its research and development operations, the largest of any food company worldwide. Nestlé will bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, to build one impactful organization, Nestlé Research. The combination of two world-renowned research facilities with highly [...]...
  • Algaia Receives €4 Million Boost Algaia, will accelerate development and install a new specialty seaweed extract production unit at its Lannilis (Brittany-France) manufacturing facility dedicated to specialty algae extracts. The company’s main shareholder, Maabarot Products, has injected an additional €4 million in equity to support further expansion of the production facility and innovation center located in Saint-Lo (Normandy-France). Algaia works with local [...]...
  • Smarter Factories – Safer Working In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software can [...]...

Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines

Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines
March 04
15:30 2014

Whitefish processing is about to take a giant leap forward, with the launch of Marel’s FleXicut, a trimming robot for high precision bone detection and removal.

The bones in whitefish are notoriously difficult to locate and remove, and the process traditionally requires a lot of skilled labour. The automation of this process with FleXicut is therefore set to reshape the whitefish industry, as it not only reduces the need for skilled labour, but also greatly improves product handling and yields.

FleXicut incorporates two critical processing steps in one machine; locating the pinbones precisely, and cutting/trimming to remove the bones. The equipment consists of high resolution X-ray detection, image control, and a water-jet cutting mechanism for removing pinbones.

“Determining the orientation of the bones is critical to improving the yield,” explains Marel’s director of product development Kristjan Hallvardsson. Cutting out less flesh on the V-cut will leave more on the loin. He adds: “At present, 6-10% of the fillet is removed manually by the V-cut to take out the pinbones. The goal is to achieve as much as 2-4% improvement in yield, which represents significant added value for our customers.”

Marel has more than 30 years’ experience in the fish processing industry and has built on its extensive expertise in portioning, X-ray, and robot technology to develop the FleXicut. This innovative trimming robot uses the latest X-ray technology to locate the pinbones with high accuracy, and then remove them.

By using water-jets for the bone removal process, which is more flexible than blade cutting, the FleXicut can perform a variety of cutting patterns, and the angle cutting option allows it to follow the curved lines of the bone frame very closely, thereby further reducing pinbone material. This means significant yield gains in the loin – the most valuable part of the fish.

The automation of the process enables processors to produce bone-free products with virtually no manual handling and introduce new products such as skin-on loins and baby fillets.

An important feature of Marel’s FleXicut is that the X-ray scanning and water-jet cutting is performed on the same belt. This unique feature means that there is no risk of movement between the bone-detection and cutting processes, which ensures a superb level of cutting accuracy based on the bone location. An additional feature is the built-in blade cutter, to optionally cut the tail piece.

The FleXicut is the first tangible output of an ongoing project called APRICOT (Automatic Pinbone Removal In COd and whiTefish) – a collaboration between Marel, Sintef, Norway Seafoods, and Faroe Origin. It is based on detailed research on the raw material and processing techniques, using the very latest of Marel’s technological solutions.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • June 1, 2018Gluten Free Expo Slovakia
  • June 3, 2018Vinoble
  • June 4, 20188th WSO World Congress on Stevia Tasteful 2018
  • June 17, 2018The Excellence of Italian Food and Wine (Bellavita Expo)
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements