In an extensive cooperation deal between the companies and Marel, Samherji and Parlevliet expect to install further FleXicut systems in the coming years as part of a complete modernization of their processing operations onboard and ashore. The first of the onboard installations will be made in Q3 2017.
Samherji operates highly advanced onshore processing factories, a fleet of fishing vessels, and fish farms. Samherji and Marel have worked closely together for decades in the development of advanced fish processing solutions, and the extensive cooperation deal reflects the two companies’ shared passion for innovation and shared philosophy of serving the fish producing industry across the entire process, from source to shelf.
Being equipped with the latest fish processing equipment and software is important to Samherji, which has a leading position in the fishing industry, both in Iceland and internationally.
So it’s no surprise that when the FleXicut onboard system is installed on one of the company’s DFFU trawlers, it will be the first in the world and will mark a huge step forward in the development of the next generation of freezer trawlers. This will be followed by a FleXicut installation onboard a UK Fisheries vessel, which is co-owned by Samherji and Parlevliet van der Plas.
“We’re excited to be the first to implement FleXicut onboard our vessels and benefit from the big advantage this will give us, especially in fillet utilization, which is key to the success of any whitefish processing operation,” says Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, CEO of Samherji.
The FleXicut water-jet cutter with high-precision bone detection automatically removes pinbones in whitefish and portions it with high accuracy to customer specifications.
The FleXicut can produce uniform, precision-cut products that are then distributed into up to eight different product streams specified by FleXicut’s software intelligence, using the FleXisort product distribution system.