THE Icelandic food processing company Marel says it has developed a new salmon de-header that minimises manual handling and improves quality and yield.
The MS 2720 automatic de-heading machine was exhibited at the annual Marel Salmon ShowHow in Copenhagen on February 8.
The system is still in its pre-release phase and Marel is working with key salmon industry operators to finalise its development. It is expected to be released for sale in Q4 2017.
The de-header is designed to achieve optimum yield by measuring each fish and adjusting the cutting tools accordingly. The tail is also cut off so that the salmon exits the machine ready for filleting.
The MS 2720, equipped with six knives, is capable of de-heading up to 20 fish (2 to 10 kg) per minute.
Marel says the MS 2720 improves both yield and quality with precision cutting and less manual handling of the fillet.
Furthermore, the de-header is designed to be fully integrated with Marel’s filleting machine, the MS 2730, and the automatic transfer of fish from the de-header to the filleting machine minimises manual handling and helps maintain the best possible product quality, the company claims.