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Marel launched its fully au­to­matic RoboBatche­r Ther­mo­former at Seafood Expo Global fol­low­ing proof of con­cept tri­als in se­lected fac­to­ries.

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Smart fac­to­ries

FUR­THER re­fine­ments as a re­sult of these tri­als have been in­cor­po­rated into the ma­chine, which is now on sale.

The ro­bot was among four prod­ucts launched dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion but it was def­i­nitely the ‘star of the show’ judg­ing by the vis­i­tors it at­tracted.

The con­cept of ro­bot pack­ing is still quite new. There is also a ro­bot box packer, the RoboBatche­r, which was too big for even Marel’s giant stand, but which has al­ready been snapped up in a new deal, an­nounced in Brussels, between Marel and fel­low Ice­landic

com­pany Visir.

Vísir has just in­stalled its first RoboBatche­r and the agree­ment will see the in­stal­la­tion of ad­di­tional robots in the near fu­ture.

‘We en­tered an agree­ment with Vísir on the joint de­vel­op­ment of ro­bot box pack­ing last year,’ said Sig­ur­dur Óla­son, man­ag­ing direc­tor Marel Fish.

‘Af­ter a very smooth in­stal­la­tion of the first pack­ing ro­bot, we’re very happy that Vísir is al­ready keen to step up the au­to­ma­tion yet an­other notch.’

The RoboBatche­r makes fill­ing or­ders eas

ier and more ef­fi­cient by au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just­ing pro­cess­ing based on which prod­uct weights and sizes best match the order re­quire­ments.

Marel was also flag­ging up its FleXi­cut pin­boner and fil­let por­tioner with the FleXitrim trim­ming line, launched com­mer­cially in Brussels this year.

For salmon pro­ces­sors, three new prod­ucts re­leased this year im­prove pro­cess­ing re­sults in terms of end-prod­uct qual­ity, yield and re­duced labour costs: the QC Scan­ner, the PaceIn­feeder for the Fil­let­ing Ma­chine, and FleXi­cut Salmon for pre-rigour salmon pro­cess­ing.

‘All three of the new re­leases are ex­am­ples of how we make salmon pro­cess­ing more in­tel­li­gent – and there­fore more ef­fi­cient, more sus­tain­able, more prof­itable,’ said Óla­son when Marel launched the prod­ucts at the Salmon ShowHow in Copen­hagen in Fe­bru­ary.

The com­pany also re­leased a new soft­ware mod­ule ear­lier this year for im­prov­ing salmon fil­let­ing re­sults.

In­nova for Salmon Fil­let­ing pro­vides com­plete equip­ment con­trol and real-time mon­i­tor­ing to

im­prove per­for­mance.

Smarter fac­to­ries fea­tur­ing rapidly evolv­ing pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy will help fish pro­ces­sors in­crease their through­put, ob­tain bet­ter yields, and re­spond to tighter qual­ity and safety re­quire­ments, said Ola­son, in a fore­word to Marel’s an­nual In­sight Fish Pro­cess­ing pub­li­ca­tion.

‘We recog­nise that there are sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in the util­i­sa­tion of fish and pro­cess­ing meth­ods around the world, but there are some core ‘smart fac­tory’ at­tributes that lay the foun­da­tion for smarter pro­cess­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of fac­tors such as the cost and availabili­ty of man­ual labour, fluc­tu­a­tions in raw ma­te­rial sup­ply, and even the types of prod­ucts that are be­ing pro­duced.’

Above: The RoboBatche­r Ther­mo­former on Marel’s stand at the expo

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