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Vísir is installing Marel RoboBatchers at its Grindavík fish processing plant. Image: Marel

Icelandic fish processor Vísir has signed an agreement with Marel to significantly enhance the automation in the company’s Grindavík plant with a higher level of robotisation.

Vísir has just installed their first RoboBatcher and this new agreement will see the installation of additional robots in the near future.

‘We entered an agreement with Vísir on the joint development of robot box packing last year,’ said Marel Fish Managing Director Sigurđur Ólason.

‘After a very smooth installation of the first packing robot, we’re very happy that Vísir is already keen to step up the automation yet another notch.’

Vísir installed FleXicut automatic pinboning and portioning in 2014. They use FleXisort automated product distribution and installed the FleXitrim pre-trimming flowline in 2017.

Now with the addition of the RoboBatchers, Vísir can integrate their FleXicut system to optimise the batching of whitefish loins into boxes.

The two companies have a long history of working together and Marel has also just delivered an onboard grader that enables Vísir to grade to size at sea. The new solution is interconnected with the FleXicut lines they have onshore in order to maximise efficiency and product quality.