Video of process from killing to finished product

Bremnes was founded in 1937 on the island of Bømlo just off Norway’s southwest coast as a seaweed reception plant. Since 1958, the company has been producing farmed salmon, and is a pioneer in Norway’s aquaculture industry.

Today, Bremnes operates salmon farms at 22 locations in the Stavanger-Hardanger region, processing some 250 tons of live salmon daily – about 50,000 fish – into 100 different products sold worldwide, many of them under the company’s own multi-award winning Salma and Bømlo brands.

Upgrading value-added mix

“Our ultimate aim is to supply high-quality products for customers worldwide, with a much stronger value-added mix.”

Bremnes Seashore recently embarked on a major upgrade of its Bømlo plant, including the installation in July 2011 of a Marel whole salmon packing grader. A few months later a complete gutting line was added, with Marel graders ensuring the correct distribution of fish into the gutting machines.

This equipment, as well as all of the plant’s logistics, operates on Marel’s Innova production management software. Much more advanced than the plant’s previous system, Innova provides a complete overview and control of every stage of the production process, including quality control, order processing and packing.

At the same time, Innova provides Bremnes’ customers with complete traceability for every fish – from the time they are hatched until they leave the factory as a processed product.

“The main reasons behind the upgrade are to boost production capacity of gutted salmon, and expand production of value-added products, such as fillets, while maintaining our focus on high-quality whole-fish products,” says processing manager Vidar Helvik.

“Our ultimate aim is to supply higher-quality products for customers worldwide, with a much stronger value-added mix. We believe that Marel equipment and software will play a key role in these efforts.”

Achieving optimum quality

“For salmon processors, speed and temperature are essential to achieving optimum product quality and consistency.”

For salmon processors, speed and temperature are essential to achieving optimum product quality and consistency. To ensure this, Bremnes fish are kept at a constant year-round temperature before being slaughtered, and high-speed processing keeps them at a quality-retaining low temperature.

After slaughtering, the salmon are fed onto a Marel grader, which weighs them to high accuracy before sending them to the gutting machines. They are then cleaned and stored in a buffer tank, where they are cooled to 2°C before being cleaned once again.

The salmon then pass through quality control where they are examined for any defects in appearance, before entering a Marel whole-fish packing grader. They can then be channeled to freezing, value-adding filleting, or direct to a box filling station for whole gutted salmon.

Onward journey

After being labeled, boxed and strapped, the processed salmon end their processing journey at the packing station, where a pair of robots transfer them onto pallets at a rate of 20 boxes per/min, for transfer to trucks which carry them off on their journey to customers.

“Although we’re still getting to know the new system, it has already proved easier to handle than its predecessor, and has many more features and enhanced flexibility. We’re very pleased,” says Bremnes Seashore processing manager Vidar Helvik.

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