Mowi Consumer Products in the UK has teamed up with the software technology company Maritech to help enhance the quality of its smoked salmon products.

Using a device known as the Maritech “Eye” (pictured), the system was specially developed to scan defects at speed.

The development work included Maritech, Mowi UK and the Norwegian research organisation Nofima.

Maritech said its solution: “…uses advanced algorithms and hyperspectral camera technology from HySpex / NEO to detect and document spots in the fillets, including size and location.

“This method points out the company is the only one of its kind in the world, and is done at industrial speed. Live data is sent to both operators and management.”

Gary Paterson, head of operations at Mowi Consumer Products UK said: “For our business here in the UK and in particular the Mowi brand, this gives us the ability to pre-select fillets based on a specification to reduce the manual intervention of removing blemishes once the fillets have been sliced.

“Furthermore, sorting by quality and providing objective information gives us the ability to allocate the material accordingly and allows us to utilise our resources more efficiently and effectively.”

Per Alfred Holte, vice president of technical solutions in Maritech, said: “Mowi is one of the most innovative seafood companies in the global seafood industry, and we are proud that they chose Maritech Eye.”

He added: “Mowi Consumer Products UK is currently one of three international Maritech Eye™ redfish projects, and we are impressed by how the Mowi team has handled the development and implementation in a period when it still has been difficult to travel due to Covid 19.

“Our team has only been at the site in Scotland once this year since the initial physical installation of the equipment.”

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