The installation is scheduled for mid-2020 and includes several new developments in processing technology, including a powerful quality control system and the latest robot technology that will automate and streamline production significantly.
“We are very happy to be taking part in this exciting project,” says Sigurður Ólason, EVP Marel Fish. “This is a historic agreement for a facility that will truly put smarter processing in action.”
Given the complexity of the high-volume installation, Marel presented the solution to Brim executives last week in virtual reality. This meant they could walk through a simulation of the complete facility to see how the integrated solution will work, and to make use of resulting insights for planning purposes. Training will also take place in virtual reality ahead of installation, so that by the time machines and software are up and running, Brim employees will have a working knowledge of the set up.
Marel increasingly uses engineering applications of VR in its manufacturing and sales processes in order to speed up the innovation cycle and reduce the cost of installations for its customers.
The installation at Brim will include a hi-tech packing system using ten robots that will streamline the entire packing process. There will be three FleXicut pinboning and portioning lines, including trimming lines and automatic product distribution. Brim will also be the first fish processor to install Marel’s newest SensorX bone detection system for fresh products.
The software within and connecting the machinery will be central to the value of the solution. Integrating software throughout the facility and connecting all equipment will give Brim full traceability throughout the production process.
It’s the high level of connectivity that makes this solution so intelligent, making it easier for Brim to meet customer orders quickly and precisely, making full use of the valuable raw material.