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New pelagic processing system to increase production capacity by 70%. LVF has chosen Skaginn 3X to supply a new pelagic processing system, designed to increase automation and processing capacity as well as improve yield and throughput. Their contract with Skaginn 3X is for a system that will support a continuous production of high-quality pelagic fish at a capacity of up 400 tons per 24 hours.

The company operates a pelagic freezing plant in Fáskrúðsfjörður that specialises in processing capelin, herring and mackerel.

Timing is everything in pelagic processing.

Timing is everything in the pelagic processing business. The resource is seasonal and the operation depends on vulnerable external resources that need to be harnessed at the right time, with the right methods in order to gain maximum yield and quality of the finished product. In order to get the most out of the season LVF wanted to update their operation and have it ready for the next round as capelin and capelin roe is caught and processed between January and March, mackerel and Norwegian-Icelandic herring from July to October and of Icelandic herring from October till the end of the year.

Close cooperation.

“ It’s very important to be able to work as closely with the supplier as we’ve been able to do in this project with Skaginn 3X, “ says Friðrik Már Guðmundsson, Managing Director of LVF. “Their expertise and our experience have resulted in the creation of a promising new solution for our entire pelagic factory. The upgrade will increase the automation of our operation and enable us to increase our production capacity,”

Upgrade to increase throughput.

Skaginn 3 X’s system is very efficient, built around a technology that has serves some of the largest pelagic processors in the world. The advanced automatic system includes a bagging system, high-tech plate freezers and automatic palletizing system, all of which will be integrated with existing equipment, including third party robots to create an efficient, high-throughput pelagic plant.

Experts in high-tech, turnkey pelagic plants.

As turnkey pelagic processing plants have been a staple of Skaginn 3X‘s production for a long time, it did not take long for a trio of Skaginn 3X pelagic processing experts to design the system on the spot. It took three men just under a month to scope, spec and implement a contract for this sophisticated, automated upgrade to the existing operation at LVF’s facility.

Working fast to meet the client’s needs.

“We handled this quickly and worked very closely with the customer. Our cooperation has been great from the start and it is a pleasure to be able to continue to work with LVF and expand our services to their operations,” says Ingvar Vilhjálmsson, Regional Sales Manager Skaginn 3X.  “The LVF team were very thorough in their preparation so it was easy for us to create a processing flow that meets their requirements in a relatively short time.”