MaxCut4Fish

Research and development
of an intelligent system for automatic and optimised cutting of frozen fish.

ORGANISATIONS

Since 1988 the company has been dedicated to the construction of machines integrating specific automation solutions for assembly lines with high efficiency and effectiveness. The area of intervention is wide and diverse from the automotive, electrical and electronics industry, but also providing tailor-made solutions for the biomedical, pharmaceutical, food, packaging, household appliances and other consumer goods industries.

Having already 30 years of experience in concept, design, development and the execution of automation solution, the team delivers the best from its experience. Familiar in the areas of assembly systems, measuring, testing and selection devices, as well as handling and robotic systems, the company is able to contribute with its customer for a solution that is adequate but above all adjusted to the customer’s needs. Tailor-made solutions based on highly creative innovation, make it possible to add value and leverage the processes where they intervene to high performance levels in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.

Siroco believes that the world should know that it can find innovation in our products and services, aligned with the most demanding and avant-garde requirements of the industrial contexts to which they are intended.

Throughout the years, Gelpeixe has had a sustained growth, based on a policy of good market positioning and on the attractive price/quality ratio of its products, as a result of an innovative and effective management. This is proven by the continuous growth in sales volume and the significant increase in facilities, which, with a covered area of 10,000 m2, where the administrative and manufacturing sectors are located, duly equipped with the most modern material resources and with a cold storage capacity of 20,000 m3, allows a very efficient response capacity.

With 25 years of existence, the GCC: Centre for Computer Graphics dedicates its activity to applied research and development, in the fields of computer graphics, information technologies, communication and electronics, as well as their applications, in national and international contexts.

The CCG acts as an Interface Centre that develops and fosters research and innovation processes, producing value in demanding and competitive markets, in the field of information, communication and electronic technologies (ICT).

Participation in Fairs

7-9 May 2019

Brussels, Belgium


Siroco, will be present in Brussels at the Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global being one of the largest fairs in the world dedicated to fish and seafood. This fair provides contact with more than 1900 exhibitors from 78 countries, and in 2018 it had more than 29,100 professional visitors.

Paper

Automated Vision System
for Cutting Fixed-Weight or Fixed-Length Frozen Fish Portions

Dibet Garcia Gonzalez (CCG), Nelson Alves (CCG), Ricardo Figueiredo (Gelpeixe), Pedro Maia (Siroco), Miguel Angel Guevara Lopez (CCG)

Keywords: Computer vision, 3D reconstruction, automation, frozen fish automatic cut, optimization, automated optical inspection.
Abstract:

The increase in fish demand poses a challenge to the food industry that needs upgrades both for: (1) offering new and diverse products and (2) optimizing it’s processing line throughput and at the same time guaranteeing the fishes’ quality and appearance. This work presents an innovative computer vision system, to be integrated into an automatic frozen fish cutting production line. The proposed system is able to perform the 3D reconstruction in real time of every frozen fish, and allows to: (1) identify and automatically separate head bone, body and tail parts of the fishes; and (2) estimate with high accuracy where cut the fishes’ body to produce the wanted slices, according to requirements (parameters) of weight or width previously defined. The experimental and statistical results are very promising and show the viability of the developed system. As main contribution (novelty) this new method is able to estimate automatically and with high precision the weight of the part corresponding to the body of the fishes and thus optimizing the cut of the fish slices. With this, we expect to achieve a significant reduction of fish losses.

End of project in May 2019

SUPPORT GRANTED

Project Title | MaxCut4Fish – Research and development of an intelligent system for automatic and optimised cutting of frozen fish
Project code | POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017664
Main Objective | To reinforce research, technological development and innovation
Intervention Region | NORTH, CENTRE AND LISBON
Beneficiary Entities | SIROCO – Sociedade Industrial de Robótica e Controlo, S.A.(Promoter Leader); GELPEIXE – Alimentos Congelados, S.A (Co-Promoter); Associação C.C.G. / ZGDV – Centro de Computação Gráfica (Co-Promoter).

Approval date | 23-09-2016
Start Date | 01-12-2016
Conclusion Date | 30-11-2018
Total eligible cost | 820,247.09 EUR
Financial support from the European Union ERDF | 536,840.59 EUR

The MaxCut4Fish project aims to investigate and develop an intelligent and modular system for the automatic cutting of frozen fish that, by exploring and combining the potential of computer vision and sensorial automation, will allow the definition of optimal cuts for each fish according to its morphological, volumetric and weight characteristics, allowing the maximization of the fish exploitation, the minimization of production waste, an increase in quality and uniformity of the final cuts, among other aspects. The MaxCut4Fish system will, therefore, meet the needs of fish processing companies (which, due to the increase in fish consumption and the decrease in natural resources, are forced to maximise the use of their raw materials) and, at the same time, exploit – on the part of companies that develop and produce industrial equipment – this enormous market opportunity that will allow them to diversify their offer/markets.

To achieve the expected results, the work team, led by Siroco, brings together elements of high curriculum in research and innovation in complementary areas such as production and industrial equipment and “internet of things” (Siroco), computer vision and three-dimensional modelling (CCG) and frozen fish processing (Gelpeixe).