Optimizing the fillet automatically


The introduction of FleXicut changed the nature of whitefish processing forever. A new trimming line, updated product distribution system and new packing robots automate the bone removal process even further.

Just four years ago, Marel introduced automatic pinbone removal and portioning for whitefish with FleXicut, and the nature of whitefish processing changed forever.

The automation of bone removal with FleXicut raises productivity and greatly improves product handling and yield. A new trimming line, updated product distribution system and new packing robots automate this process even further.

Maximize the value

The FleXicut water-jet cutter is a proven solution that automatically cuts fillets in the most profitable way. It increases the high-value product ratio, automatically adjusting cutting to deliver the best possible combination of products from each and every fillet.

In addition, processors with FleXicut are now using cutting patterns that were not possible before, enabling them to further maximize the value of the entire fillet.

Software-driven innovation

With Industry 4.0 already underway, fish processors need to think smarter in order to stay in the game. Automation in fish processing is constantly rising and developments in software contribute greatly to this trend.

Put simply, Innova Food Processing Software offers unprecedented connectivity to the total processing system and enables additional beinefits such as order-led processing and traceability of every fillet or portion to individual operators.

Constant evolution

From the beginning, FleXicut has constantly been developed in close cooperation with whitefish processors – and now the machine is being tested in the salmon processing industry as well.

The introduction of the FleXitrim trimming line, for example, makes the system even more automatic and effective. It evens out the flow of fillets being fed automatically into the FleXicut, and has an inbuilt automated quality check.

Gaining better control of the flow is valuable for fish processors, as it means they can set the pace based on the speed of other machinery or processes and avoid the build-up of fish in buffers.

Continuous improvements to the system mean that now Marel offers processors a virtually hands-free line – from pre-trim all the way through processing, including final packing, with automated robot packing for the system.

With a well-earned reputation for reliability and continuity, dozens of FleXicut systems are now operating across Europe and North America, as well as aboard freezer trawlers.

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