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The contract amount is in the region of 600.000 euros.

Breakthrough in Batching & Robotic Packing for Frozen Fillets

  (ICELAND, 4/24/2020)

Icelandic high-tech company Valka and seafood company FISK Seafood have signed an agreement for a new batching and automatic packing system for light salted frozen fillets. The system automatically weighs, batches and packs products to final boxes with unparalleled accuracy and precision, consequently saving considerably in the giveaway for each packed box. The contract amount is in the region of 600.000 euros.

Reduced overpack and increased automation

“This investment shows that we at FISK Seafood are forward-looking in our decisions, “says Asmundur Baldvinsson, manager of land-based production at FISK Seafood, “I ‘m quite confident that we will achieve a short payback time. The most significant benefit is realized with batching precision; however, the level of automation will also enable direct gains with labor costs.“

Guðjón Ingi Guðjónsson, Sales Manager at Valka, and Ásmundur Baldvinsson, head of land processing at FISK Seafood, shake hands on the contract in line with current events.

Game theory virtually eliminates giveaway

When packing products in fixed weight, the importance of managing giveaway in each box is crucial. Traditional batching graders decide on which box to place each piece based on a statistical guess. The Valka Batching and Packing robot recognize the weight of several pieces in advance before applying a game a theory algorithm.

That way, it continually optimizes the best solution based on actual piece weights, resulting in close to no giveaway (a.k.a. overpack).

Frozen fillet in the Batching and Packing Robot.

Remarkably gentle handling Packing Robot

As traditional pneumatic arms would damage glazing, and potentially break thin parts such as tails the Valka Packing Robot is designed with a unique carousel. The built-in cars of the carousel carefully pick up and transport the product. An integrated cartesian robot then gently slides the portion for delivery directly above the final packaging. The system allows products to travel gently and smoothly through the carousel, without attrition or breakage of the product.

Drangey, trawler of Fish Seafood.

Valka grateful for the trust from Fisk Seafood

“We are grateful for the trust Fisk Seafood has shown us. Companies like Valka would not exist without partners that are willing to try things for the first time,” says Guðjon Ingi Gudjonsson, a Sales Manager at Valka. „Our solution has been a great success in the packaging of fresh products for a long time, and with some clever design updates, the Aligner Packing Robot is a flexible and hugely valuable solution for diverse packing needs.”

About Valka

Valka is a high-tech company based in Iceland and Norway.  The company has led new innovations by pioneering automation for fish processing.  After successfully implementing large turnkey systems in Iceland, Norway and Russia in the last few years Valka has become a strong system integrator for whitefish and Salmon.  The company employs over 100 people and has in excess of €20million in annual turnover.   

Some of the patented innovations of Valka include the first and to date the most effective way of automatically removing pin bones by using X-ray and Waterjet cutting (Valka Cutter), the first automatic Robotic packing of fish portions (Aligner Packing Robot). 

About Fisk Seafood

FISK Seafood is one of the largest fisheries companies in Iceland. The company operates at all levels of the value chain, from fishing, aquaculture and processing to sale and export. Founded in 1955, the company has extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable utilization of limited natural resources. This knowledge and respect is reflected in all activities of FISK-Seafood.

FISK-Seafood owns and operates five fishing vessels. One freezer trawler, two fresh fish trawlers and two icefish trawlers. The company operates three land-based processing plants. One in Sauðárkrókur that produces light salted products, one in Grundarfjörður that produces salted, splitted products and one in Þorlákshöfn that focuses on arctic charr.

Source: Valka

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