Baader closely integrates hardware and software to improve productivity

Skagerak Salmon, part of the Skagerak Group, specialises in salmon products both semi-processed, but also increasingly portions for the retail market and more value-added products. About 60% of the production is fresh fish while the rest is frozen.

Skagerak Salmon has a long-standing partnership with Baader, a manufacturer of fish and poultry processing machinery as well as turnkey processing solutions. In 2008 Baader supplied Skagerak Salmon with a Salmon Solution. The system encompassed emptying the raw material boxes, heading, filleting, trimming, weighing, by-product handling, and production control, all the way to freezing and packaging. The company is now upgrading to the new Baader 581 filleting machine which offers the advantages of higher yields, improved capacity and a better quality end product. It has a wide working range of 2-7 kg fish, without the need for adjustments. The machine reduces mechanical stress on the fillet, giving an improved surface appearance and on top of everything else is very easy to operate.

The new high speed salmon processing line consists of a heading machine, filleting machine, a fillet transfer unit, a trimming machine, a final control unit and a weighing and grading system. All the units are linked by the management software allowing close monitoring and control of the system.

Better quality at a reasonable price

The new machine chimes with the Skagerak Salmon vision of supplying mainly fresh products to higher-end markets in Central Europe. We want to be known as a reliable supplier of quality products at a reasonable price, says Peter Luxhøi, director of Skagerak Salmon. We achieve this with the help of the higher yields from the Baader machine. One of the biggest and most efficient producers of smoked salmon, the Polish company Morpol, has also opted for the Baader 581. Tomasz Pyjor, production manager at Morpol says that the machine has been running for 20 hours a day since its installation without problems, handling salmon as well as trout and defrosted sockeye.

At Skagerak Salmon the raw material is carefully evaluated for texture as well as for the neatness of the gutting process. A good cut and a really clean belly is the best precondition for a high yield, says Mr Luxhøi, and we find that the Baader gutting machine performs very well in this regard. The company has also invested in a new salmon line from Baader that is efficient and delivers excellent quality. We demand that the equipment is first of all reliable, with high yield and efficiency, and, of course, good hygiene performance, says Mr Luxhøi. With the equipment we have achieved a significant increase in capacity and yield and a considerably decrease in downgrading. Downtime is reduced and throughput is higher thereby maintaining the low temperature in the fillet.

 

Back up with service and spares if needed

For Skagerak Salmon the reliability of Baader’s equipment played a role in the decision to invest, but also the fact that in case of problems there would be a professional team offering support in terms of spare parts and service. That Baader is working constantly to improve its machines and increase reliability and yield was also an important factor in selecting Baader as supplier. The range of Baader products also includes software to monitor its processing lines. The software provides real time reports on each stage of the process allowing the line manager to make rapid adjustments to optimise efficiency, quality and throughput. The new high speed salmon processing line consists of a heading machine, filleting machine, a fillet transfer unit, a trimming machine, a final control unit and a weighing and grading system. All the units are linked by the management software allowing close monitoring and control of the system.