Marel unveils new salmon scan­ner

Fish Farmer - - Processing News -

THE in­ter­na­tional seafood pro­cess­ing equip­ment com­pany Marel has in­tro­duced a new scan­ner, which it claims acts as an ef­fi­cient and ac­cu­rate de­vice for check­ing the qual­ity of salmon fil­lets af­ter fil­let­ing, trim­ming, and skin­ning.

The Ice­landic com­pany aims to give salmon pro­ces­sors the ben­e­fit of mon­i­tor­ing and reg­is­ter­ing the qual­ity of products, al­low­ing them to grade and sort them ac­cord­ing to in­di­vid­ual cri­te­ria or cus­tomer spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Marel said its QC scan­ner works through a 2D vi­sion cam­era, which rapidly scans the sur­face of each fil­let and detects melanin and blood spots, trim­ming and skin­ning de­fects, and lev­els of brown meat.

It can also iden­tify the colour of se­lected ar­eas to colour grade the fil­lets ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try stan­dards.

A 3D vi­sion cam­era then es­ti­mates the fil­let weight by mea­sur­ing vol­ume. This fea­ture can be used to in­di­cate the yield trend, which helps de­ter­mine when the fil­let­ing ma­chine needs ad­just­ing.

Marel said: ‘All set­tings are eas­ily ad­justed on the scan­ner’s user friendly colour touch­screen. Pro­grammes with dif­fer­ent tol­er­ances can be stored so that set­tings can be changed quickly and eas­ily.

‘The QC scan­ner is avail­able with a sin­gle or dual-gate sys­tem to sort fil­lets for re­work or to meet cer­tain qual­ity cri­te­ria.

‘With the dual-gate sys­tem, you can sort fil­lets onto a con­veyor while si­mul­ta­ne­ously push­ing oth­ers to the side for man­ual re­work.

‘In­for­ma­tion about qual­ity is col­lected in real time and stored in the In­nova data­base, so you can an­a­lyse, sort the ma­te­rial, qual­ity grade and op­ti­mise the qual­ity process.’

Mean­while, Marel is host­ing a Euro­pean pro­cess­ing event, the White­fish ShowHow, in the Dan­ish cap­i­tal Copen­hagen on Septem­ber 25.

The com­pany said: ‘By bring­ing in­dus­try lead­ers to­gether un­der the

same roof with equip­ment and soft­ware spe­cial­ists, the event is also ex­pected to gen­er­ate the con­ver­sa­tions and innovation­s that will con­tinue to shape the fu­ture of pro­cess­ing in com­ing years.’

Marel said demon­stra­tions will run all day, show­ing vis­i­tors how its equip­ment and soft­ware can en­sure pro­ces­sors bet­ter utilise the raw ma­te­rial, to re­duce pro­cess­ing time and to in­crease trace­abil­ity.

‘In ad­di­tion to the live demon­stra­tions, vis­i­tors will be in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence cut­ting edge in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy via vir­tual re­al­ity,’ the com­pany added.

Above: The Marel QC scan­ner

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