FleXicut combines high precision bone detection with water-jet cutting for pinbone removal and further portioning of the fillet.
This automation of whitefish bone detection and removal reduces the need for skilled labor, and greatly improves overall yield and quality.
FleXicut is intelligent – it optimizes the utilization of the fillet, ensuring the best use of each and every fillet to maximize the production of the highest value cuts.
Throughput varies depending on the size of the fillet. The machine performs at a throughput of up to 50 fillets per minute for 750 g cod fillets (450 mm long).
FleXicut for Salmon
FleXicut is now being developed for the salmon industry, with trials currently underway.
X-RAY BONE DETECTION
FleXicut locates the pinbones to an accuracy of 0.2mm to determine precisely the optimal cut configuration and cutting angle, based on pre-defined specifications. This puts the processor in control of the level of pinbone material and ensures added value, with less pinbone material than in manual deboning – 4 to 6% of fillet weight.
The angle of the FleXicut’s water-jet cutters adjusts to the cutting pattern and to the location of the bones, to make a v-cut as close as possible to the pinbones to remove them.
The water-jet cutting enables uniform cuts – every time – and can be used for other cuts that need to be at an angle. FleXicut is equipped with twin blades for dividing the loin, cut the belly flap or tail, or portion the fish to customer specifications. Processors can cut each fillet differently depending on its size and weight.
FLEXISORT INTELLIGENT DISTRIBUTION
The Flexisort product distribution system automatically allocates each of the various outputs to different packing lines.
Diverse Product Opportunities
FleXicut is designed for various whitefish, like cod, saithe, pollock and haddock, whether fresh, lightly salted, or super-chilled. FleXicut offers a variety of cutting patterns for individual fillets using a combination of straight, angle, and curved cuts. With its high flexibility, the machine automatically adjusts cuttings patterns to the size of each fillet, enabling a very diverse product range.
Variety in the range of possible cuts is one of the biggest benefits of FleXicut, as it makes a huge difference for processors to be able to maximize the value of the raw material, regardless of whether the fillets are large or small.
FleXicut maximizes the size of the loin, the highest value cut. For larger loins, FleXicut can divide the loin based on customer requirements. The variety of instantly applied cutting patterns delivers significant yield gains for processors.
Innova food processing software controls the FleXicut process by setting up cutting programs. Innova provides a comprehensive real-time reporting function that gives the operator a complete overview of the production process. Real-time data generates reports on weight distribution, average weights, a packing and portioning overview, as well as the standard overview and lists. This data can be viewed via dashboards. Based on these valuable KPIs provided by Innova, you can make intelligent decisions on how to optimize your FleXicut operation.
Innova allows operators to remotely control FleXicut, monitor the production in real time and report on actual performance. Information about all pieces and portions are collected in real time and stored in the Innova database, enabling users to analyze and optimize their portioning and trimming process.
Module losses in production are recorded with the optional Innova Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The reasons for any stoppages are then collated so that it is easy to identify and track the most common causes of lost production time.
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