Cermaq near to completing “smart” factory for salmon

Published on
July 13, 2017

Farmed salmon and trout producer Cermaq is planning to introduce the “most innovative and efficient processing facility for salmon ever created" in 2018, the company announced on 11 July. 

The “smart” facility, located in Storskjæret, Norway, has been under construction since March 2017, with the first fish set to leave the 8,000-square meter, state-of-the-art site by the end of the second quarter in 2018. 

Baader GmbH and Oslo, Norway-based technology developer CodeIT AS have been asked to create and implement a new centralized production line for the facility, with the latter set to supply a cross-platform, inter-connectivity and digitalization interface that has earned the site an Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility title – one of the first of its kind for seafood.

“We as an industry are being more and more challenged on documentation and traceability, our green footprint is important to all our future planning and this is why we have chosen CodeIT AS to deliver a solution that fits our requirements very well. They specialize in intelligent and flexible software that gives us the control and visibility we need,” Cermaq Project Leader Atle Kvist said.

The project has been of particular interest to CodeIT AS CEO Bjørnar Torsnes, who has been working behind the scenes since last year with Claes Park, System Software Manager, and Inge Stenvoll, Project Leader, to design a solution that “enables Cermaq to connect and integrate all surrounding machines in the production environment.”

“This flexibility enables full freedom for our customer to select the most efficient and state of the art equipment from the most competitive and innovative suppliers,” Torsnes said. “Traditionally in a processing facility it is common that only one key supplier takes the lead and sets the technology level. As a result, there is no real competition in the purchasing process. CodeIT AS is triggering a step change in that process enabling the customer to operate under normal commercial conditions and not being moored to the mast as is often the case in our industry.”

By signing the deal with CodeIT AS on 5 July, Cermaq said is making a concerted effort to reap the rewards of the interconnected intelligence, which will prove beneficial to its overarching salmon processing goals.

“A modern salmon facility takes in the fish, evaluates quality, weight, grading, and during all processes automatically determines which department the fish should go to," Torsnes said. "Once we introduce truly interconnected intelligence to these processes we can create efficiency at several orders of magnitude higher than was previously capable. For example, calculating the appropriate ice dosing for different geographical locations of shipments."

CodeIT AS has worked with other big seafood players including Marine Harvest, Pelagia, Coldwater Prawns of Norway, EWOS (now Cargill Animal Nutrition) and BioMar. The company claims “its software CodeIT Enterprise puts its customers in control with an easy to use, reliable platform designed for growth with clear technical, economic and operational benefits.”

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