Technology

EM4 20 BlockchainA new basis for international business

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 4 / 2020.

“Blockchain” is for many people still little more than a buzzword they may have heard about in connection with the digital currency bitcoins. But in fact blockchain and artificial intelligence are developing into leading technologies that are “revolutionizing” many areas of the economy. Blockchains provide transparency, enable more control, and simplify traceability in business relationships.

EM 2 20 bandingBanding for a variety of purposes

This article featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2020.
At Seafood Processing Europe 2020, Bandall and specialist printer Max. Aarts have a joint stand called Branding by Banding, where demonstrations by the firms' experts will show how fish processing and packaging companies can achieve significant savings in packaging material, and improve efficiencies throughout the logistical chain.

EM6 19 TECH bio foulingNanotechnology, organic polymers and neurotransmitters

Marine biofouling, or biological fouling, the accumulation of plant and animal growth on natural hard structures and man-made constructions from ships to the net enclosures used in aquaculture, is a serious problem worldwide. In the past this growth was mostly fought with chemical means but this often creates additional problems because the methods pollute the environment. Following intensive research new solutions are now emerging.

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 6/2019.

EM6 19 TECH SalmcoNew location offers room to grow

It is 35 years since the Hamburg-based salmon slicer manufacturer Salmco Technik was founded and to celebrate this anniversary the company will be moving into new premises which, after final completion next year, will have more than twice the current area for administration and workshop. The 2,500 m² site offers room for further growth. 

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 6/2019.

EM6 19 Tech WhitefishMarel, a leading producer of sophisticated equipment for the fish processing industry, held its annual demonstration of machinery for whitefish processing at its dedicated demo centre, Progress Point, in Kastrup close to the Copenhagen airport. The event brought together existing and potential customers from all around the world as well as partners, Marel employees, and representatives from the press. The guests were treated to a day of equipment demonstrations and presentations both by Marel employees and external experts about some of the important trends shaping the future development of the industry.

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 6/2019.

EM6 19 TECH Bohlsen SteenNew skinners are a hit with processing company

Germans consume some 13.5 kg of fish and seafood per capita, placing them at the lower end of the scale among European countries. While domestic production is some 268,00 tonnes, the country imports some 937,000 tonnes and exports about 587,000 tonnes.

Fish and seafood are consumed in several different form of which conserves are the most popular followed by deep frozen, fresh, and smoked. Within the country consumption varies from 4.2 kg per capita in Baden-Württemberg and Saarland in the south west to 6.1 kg in Bremen.

This article was featured in EUROFISH Magazine 6/2019.

EM4 19 TECH AI1New methods reduce costs and increase efficiency

From a global perspective the fish industry has lagged far behind most other industries with regard to the introduction of information technologies. In neither the fishing nor the aquaculture sector have these advanced technologies made sufficient headway so far. Over the past few years, however, a race has begun to catch up and improve the state of the seas and the sustainability of human activities in these important areas.

Terms such as big data, image recognition and electronic surveillance software arouse hidden fears in many people. For some, they even conjure up the dark vision of an all-powerful surveillance state like the one described by George Orwell in his dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four". But this view of things overlooks the fact that these technologies – if used wisely – can be extremely useful and helpful. This may not always be immediately apparent, but without reliable data it would be virtually impossible today to work efficiently in commerce, industry and other sectors of the economy. For this reason alone the expansion of modern information technologies is unstoppable, especially since they can now also be combined with artificial intelligence.

EM4 19 TECH Fiap belt feederThe belt feeder that doesn’t require electric power

The FIAP Belt Feeder offers the perfect combination of reliability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness without bearing an unreasonable price tag.

EM4 19 TECH Mosca Mowi Straps1A stainless steel strapping machine from Mosca proves itself at Mowi, Norway

The global salmon indsutry is booming. In 2017, the leading countires in this sector produced over two millions tons of the popular food fish.  The increasinly competitive salmon industry is driving companies to find ways to maximixe products yield and quality. One methode of acheving this feat is through the carfeull cordination of all phases of the production proces – from spawning to packaging. Mowi, previously Marine Harvest, the world’s largest supplier of farmed Atlantic Salmon recently tested a new stainless-steel strapping machine specially developed for the food industry with the hope of increasing coordination between their phases of the production process. Integrated into a fully automated production line in Ulvan, Norway, the Mosca Evolution SoniXs MS-6-VA has been strapping Styrofoam boxes packed with fresh fish since October 2017. Thus far, everyone at Mowi Norway, and Ulvan – from management staff to machine operators – is extremely impressed by the reliable, easy-to-clean strapping machine innovation.

When fresh salmon arrives by boat at the Mowi factory on the Norwegian island of Ulvoya, the clock is on. All companies in the business of selling fresh fish understand the consequences of even being one hour behind schedule. In a fully automated operation, the fish is packed at a temperature of below 2 °C in styrofoam boxes that are filled with ice and covered with an unfastened lid. The boxes are then double strapped to secure the lid and provide protection with added stability. Afterwards, they are loaded onto pallets for transport and leave the factory on a truck. Mowi has more than 13,000 employees working at locations in 25 countries. In 2016, the company produced 381,000 tons of fresh salmon. Some of this fish is processed in-house, for example, to make breaded or marinated fish fillets.

Sliced salmonExact cuts, consistent slices, perfect cubes


There is increasing demand for convenience products that can be removed easily and individually from the packaging. This product form necessitates high-precision cutting and slicing machines that deliver neat, accurate results. The range of slicers for artisans and industry in the meantime ranges from powerful hand-held tools to fully automated cutting systems that can be integrated into complete processing lines.

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