Mowi adopts innovative quality control system for smoked salmon

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
30 December 2021, at 10:33am

A novel high-tech method for scanning salmon fillets for defects at industrial speed is now being used by Mowi UK.

The MaritechEye in action
The MaritechEye in action

Called Maritech Eye, the system was developed by Mowi, Maritech, and Nofima. Using advanced algorithms and a hyperspectral camera, it detects and documents blemishes within the fillets and the size location of these quality challenges. This quality assessment method is the only one of its kind in the world and live data is provided to operators and management.

After the end of the innovation project, Mowi Consumer Products UK and Maritech co-operated closely in a short pilot period to establish the quality criteria for smoked salmon fillets and make the necessary adjustments to integrate Maritech Eye within the production environment.

“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,” said Gary Paterson, head of operations at Mowi CP UK.

“Mowi is one of the most innovative seafood companies in the global seafood industry, and we are proud that they chose Maritech Eye,” says Per Alfred Holte, Maritech’s VP of technical solutions in Maritech.

“Mowi Consumer Products UK is one of three international Maritech Eye™ redfish projects this fall, 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.”

“Together we have proved that most of the optimization and implementation process can be done remotely and that Maritech Eye is ready for the global seafood industry, even during a pandemic.”