Robots to Find Salmon Bones in Fillets15 November 2013
NEW ZEALAND – A big push to stimulate growth in the food and beverage sector is taking lecturers to Iceland and robotically locating pin bones in salmon.
Using 100 per cent of a fish and automatically locating ‘floating’ bones in fillets are two innovations the industry hopes will increase profitability.
Manually locating bones with tweezers is time consuming and, to avoid bones breaking, scientists are researching how much pressure robots can apply.
Also inefficient, is the 60 per cent of each fish that is currently disposed of in New Zealand, states the New Zealand Herald.
Hence a leading university has sent a member of staff to Iceland, where more money is made from by-products than fillets.
Outside of the fish sector, the entire food industry is involved in an ambitious plan to double export growth to six per cent a year.
In Auckland alone, the sector generates close to $5 billion, almost 10 per cent of the city’s gross domestic product.
Overall targets want to see exports grow $2.7 billion higher by 2025 and bolster Auckland’s position as the centre for food innovation within the Asia Pacific region.
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