Marel Innovations at IceFish
Among the products highlighted at Marel’s stand at this year’s IceFish, will be the next generation of whitefish processing lines; with FleXicut, a water-jet cutter for high precision bone detection and removal.
The latest edition of Marel’s Innova production management software will also be featured. Now in its fifth generation, Innova Software Solutions cover every stage of the production process. The brains behind almost all Marel systems and equipment, Innova is an invaluable tool in helping processors to maximise yield, quality, and throughput from their operations.
Given the reception FleXicut has received since it was announced earlier this year, it is expected the machine will draw a lot of attention at the exhibition. FleXicut also won the Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Prize at this year’s Nor-Fishing exhibition in Trondheim, Norway.
Marel’s FleXicut is set to reshape whitefish processing. Equipped with high resolution X-ray technology and a combination of water-jet cutting and traditional blade cutting, FleXicut incorporates two critical processing steps in one machine: locating the pinbones precisely, and then removing the bones while portioning the fillet to specification.
The automation of the bone detection and removal process not only reduces the need for skilled labour, but also greatly improves product handling and yields. Key benefits of FleXicut also include less pinbone material and new bone-free product opportunities, such as for skin-on loins and baby fillets.
The FleXicut may provide the breakthrough that will enable whitefish processors to keep their processing close to source, while remaining competitive.
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