Valka unveils Water-Jet Cutter for pre-rigor salmon at SPG in Brussels
Icelandic high-tech company Valka is moving beyond whitefish processing to take its X-ray and 3D imaging technology to the salmon industry. Image: Valka

Valka unveils Water-Jet Cutter for pre-rigor salmon at SPG in Brussels

At this year’s Seafood Processing Global in Brussels, Icelandic high-tech company Valka will debut a new version of their water-jet cutter, specifically designed to cut and remove pin bones from pre-rigor salmon as well as portioning the fillet.

The new Valka Cutter machine for salmon will, like other Valka’s cutter machines, boost productivity for processing companies. The Valka Cutter machine uses a dual X-ray camera system for 3D scanning of pin bones that produces an image with the exact angle to cut from. Furthermore, the machine is equipped with two tiltable cutting robots that can accurately follow the slope on each side of the bones.

Valka’s technology allows salmon to be processed pre-rigor, extending product shelf life. Image: Valka

Until now, processors have had to wait for the fish to pass pre-rigor stage and debone the fillets post-rigor. With this new technology, the pin bone can be removed immediately after filleting, extending product shelf life. Additionally, with the flexibility from the water-jet cutter, processors can now produce new portion types.
‘We are extremely proud to be presenting our groundbreaking water-jet cutter machine at Seafood Processing Global,’ said Valka CEO Helgi Hjálmarsson.
‘Our long-term goal at Valka is to move beyond white-fish processing, and this machine is the first step in that direction. We are excited to start working with the salmon industry in streamlining their production to both best utilise the fish and to maximise their value.”