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Automated Prawn De-heading
Manual de-heading of Norway Lobster is one of the most inefficient, labour intensive and costly activities that fishermen have endured. Albus Solutions Ltd is now announcing the launch of an automated solution to this.



How it works

Norway Lobster are selected manually on sorting tables as per normal and placed in the hopper of the de-heading machine. A conveyor and patented shakers orientate and guide them singularly through one of four de-heading units using state of the art technology to detect the exact de-heading location on each Norway Lobster.

Automated de-heading offers a suite of advantages over traditional manual de-heading:

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  • Labour costs: With a capacity to de-head 130 Norway Lobster per minute, the automated de-header is 3.5 times faster than manual deheading, which provides a real solution to reducing labour costs.
  • Quality: Poor yield from incorrect de-heading, remaining legs and damage, are common complaints, particularly as crews’ tire. Automated de-heading assures a consistently high-yield quality product.
  • Hygiene: Excessive handling of Norway Lobster during manual de-heading has the potential to cause hygiene issues. Automated de-heading significantly reduces potential risks.
  • Spoilage: As backlogs occur, Norway Lobster are often left unattended in high ambient temperatures for extended periods, which can impact on freshness and shelf life. As the automated de-header works on a continual basis, these issues are significantly reduced. In addition crew can focus more attention on by caught fish and therefore further optimise quality.
  • Waste: The capacity of crew to manually dehead drops rapidly as they tire during a fishing trip. This can lead to significant losses, as progressively larger quantities of Norway Lobster are discarded without being tailed. The automated de-header works consistently on a continuous basis and therefore waste is significantly reduced.
  • Working conditions: Manual de-heading is often classed as the most tedious and Automated Norway Lobster De-header challenging work practice on board vessels, which results in the rapid turnover of skilled labour as crews seek alternative employment. This issue is virtually eliminated with automated de-heading as working conditions are significantly improved onboard.