Strapping machine for Marine Harvest
Gordian Strapping has supplied a StraPack RQ-7000MV18 fully automated stainless steel strapping machine to Marine Harvest at its salmon processing plant in Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Marine Harvest’s site at Rinmore supplies customers worldwide with organic, Atlantic salmon under The Irish Organic Salmon Co. brand, and Premium Atlantic salmon, under the Donegal Silver brand.
Marine Harvest required a new machine for its packing hall to strap its polystyrene boxed fish because it was proving difficult to guarantee engineering support and spares for its previous machines. The StraPack RQ-7000MV18 was chosen for its robustness and reliability. The machine runs on 12mm PP strap, and has an arch size of 700mm wide x 650mm high.
The RQ-7000MV18 is ready to run in under 20 seconds from start-up and has easy strap loading with no need to remove the machine from the conveyor line, thereby increasing up-time. Minimal moving parts ensure that wear and tear is reduced and operational life is increased. Moisture protection features include stainless steel construction, fully enclosed cabinet, side sealing design, reinforced lower cabinet and permanently lubricated mechanisms.
Boxes are pushed into the machine by hand and a blue plastic mat conveyor (300mm infeed and 300mm outfeed) drives the boxes into and out of the machine. Two straps are applied per pack. Photo cells detect the pack position, which eliminates the need for the operator to press a button to strap each time. The machine speed of 1.2 seconds per strap is ideal for existing and future production demands.
Paddy Martin, maintenance manager at Marine Harvest Rinmore said, “The StraPack machines came highly recommended by a pelagic fish processor in Co. Donegal. We’ve found the new machine to be very reliable and we have been delighted with Gordian’s customer service.”
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