The StreamLine’s real-time production data gives Culmárex the tools needed to make adjustments for maximizing the value of their production. Before installing the StreamLine in Águilas, manual filleting and trimming was done at tables, so productivity, yield and quality were much more difficult to control, measure and improve.
“The StreamLine has given us better results in all these aspects,” says Salas, “and the operator performance control allows us to provide our operators with better training so they can improve.”
Real-time performance monitoring encourages operators to perform at their best. Accurate tracking also makes it possible for managers to install bonus payments as an additional incentive.
“StreamLine gives operators individual control and that helps improve throughput and yield,” Salas explains.
Importantly, employees have welcomed the new system and are enjoying the greater transparency of their own performance. Friendly rivalry between coworkers has boosted both results and morale, with top performers rewarded with the respect—and sometimes even the applause!—of their colleagues.
In addition to better training and real-time performance monitoring, the StreamLine takes a lot of the strain out of filleting. “In our opinion, the most relevant advantages of using a StreamLine are ergonomics, individual operator control and cost saving,” Salas says.
When it was first up and running, the main problem was that the usual volume of fish no longer kept operators busy for long enough. This was soon remedied as volumes increased, and Salas expects this cycle will repeat when the capacity increases once more: “We have the option of upgrading to a 20-station StreamLine,” he explains, “And we expect to take advantage of that option.”