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IceFresh boosts quality and productivity with FleXicut deal

As part of a major deal announced earlier today between Marel and leading Icelandic seafood company Samherji, a FleXicut system will be installed at IceFresh in Germany, where an extensive Marel salmon installation is already in progress.

As Samherji and Dutch company Parlevliet van der Plas prepare to install FleXicut systems on their freezing trawlers, the first land installation as part of the deal will take place at IceFresh, a Samherji fresh fish operation in Frankfurt.

“Marel is the biggest supplier of equipment for the IceFresh production, and the FleXicut installation will further modernise the already highly advanced processing operation in Frankfurt,” says Sigurdur Olason, Managing Director Marel Fish.

The system will further improve product quality at IceFresh, as well as productivity and efficiency, with significant improvements in product handling and yield.

Time is a vital factor in the quality of fresh fish products. Although IceFresh is situated far from the closest harbour, it is close to its end customers, so it can deliver fresh, high quality fish very quickly. Right next door is Metro, a major international fish trader and one of IceFresh’s biggest customers, and IceFresh simply opens an internal door and wheels the product through to Metro.

As IceFresh Managing Director Sigmundur Andresson explains, “Top quality in the fresh fish industry is very connected to logistics and time.”

Closing the deal at the Seafood Processing Global expo in Brussels this week: (L-R) Sindri Magnason, Sales Manager Marel Germany, and Sigmundur Andresson, Managing Director IceFresh, Samherji.Closing the deal at the Seafood Processing Global expo in Brussels this week: (L-R) Sindri Magnason, Sales Manager Marel Germany, and Sigmundur Andresson, Managing Director IceFresh, 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. It 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.

On top of the benefits of increased automation, the intelligence of the FleXicut system means that processors can better control the flow to avoid any buffer problems by ensuring that production never exceeds the capacity of other processes. Innova Food Processing Software brings all the vital data directly to managers in real time. Once FleXicut is installed at IceFresh, managers will be able to manage and optimize the whole production process to control the distribution of raw material coming in, and control production based on product orders.