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4CWhite -The first high-precision Computer-Controlled Collarbone Cutter for Whitefish

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - 4CWhite (4CWhite -The first high-precision Computer-Controlled Collarbone Cutter for Whitefish)

Reporting period: 2019-02-01 to 2019-11-30

Fish processing companies are continuously seeking innovation to minimize their waste, while ensuring the sustainability of the industry.
Using 4CWhite, whitefish processors can expect a high-value yield increase of fish meat up to 2% from manual cutting and 8% from adapted heading machines, which can be translated into millions of euros in value. Taking into account raw material and labour savings, a typical 4CWhite customer will regain their investment in 1-2 years.
4CWhite will therefore impact the profitability of the fish processing industry, increasing yield and reducing wastage. Additionally, 4CWhite will reduce the injuries brought by the cutting activities and automate an under-valued job to a more specialized and added-value task.
Technical objectives include the optimization and development of the '0’ machines, the optimization of the assembly process and the development of pilots in 4 operational environments with fish processing companies to achieve TRL9. Commercial objectives involve CE marking, commercialization agreements and distribution and service agreements. Communication objectives focus on the development of commercial materials, website and newsletters, advertising in publications and presence in trade fairs.
Mechanical improvements, working on optimizing key features of the machine, limiting factors, load factors and other key factors which define the machine.
Electrical improvements, improving, reinstalling and verifying all safety switches. Resolving cooling issues we have with the electrics.
Software improvements, reconstructing and verifying the safety software and implementation of new safety drives. Working on perfecting the motion profiles for both Cod and Ling in order to improve the throughput and the consistency of the cutting. Working on connecting the measuring with the cutting, obtaining better measuring consistency, reaching higher speed and starting fine-tuning the system.
We are in the process of developing a new version of the cutting mechanism, which will open the machine up drastically, making it much easier to clean and maintain. The new mechanism also eliminates the need for any mechanical adjustments, so it should be vastly superior in terms of reliability, speed, repeatability and in adaptability to different species.
Once we have built a prototype of this mechanism and verified it by testing, we can easily implement it within the 0-type collarbone machines frame and use the cutting motion profiles previously created in the prototype with the new mechanism for collarbone cutting.
By opting for the design of this new cutting mechanism, we estimate a slight increase of the design phase for the 0-machines but at the same time greatly decrease the production and assembly time for each machine in the future. By going in this direction, we are able to achieve the objectives of the project, minimizing any mechanical intervention by the user and deliver a much more reliable product to the market with better precision in cutting the fish.