Plaice gutting machine from Kroma

Hvide Sande Skibssmedie Hvide Sande Skibssmedie’s Toke Pedersen with the Kroma plaice gutting machine
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A plaice gutting machine developed by Kroma and handled in Denmark by Hvide Sande Skibssmedie promises to make production faster and easier.

According to Toke Pedersen at Hvide Sande Skibssmedie, they had a demand for a machine of this kind.

“Our customers were asking for this so we went to Kroma and asked if they could come up with a design,” he said.

The result is based on an existing machine, re-engineered and tooled to handle plaice. An operator places each fish into bays that carry the fish first to a measuring system that ensures the circular knife cuts the fish in the right place, after which the double suction system removes the offal in a first pass and them ensures any remaining liver is removed in a a second pass.

“The machine handles 45 fish per minute,” Toke Pedersen said. “We could push it to get to fifty fish per minute, but this is a good speed for feeding it and for effective cleaning of each fish.”

He added that Hvide Sande Skibsmedie can supply the Kroma plaice gutting machine linked directly to their own grading system, and the machine with the grading section is designed for use either ashore or at sea. The machine requires little routine maintenance, and the small circular blade is easily changed.

“This one is going to a fish processor in Hundested and there is a lot of interest from fishermen in areas where there are day boats that land a lot of ungutted fish, and they are looking at buying a machine as a co-operative venture so they can club together to use if between them,” Toke Pedersen said.

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