Baader machines in Iceland - Case Study

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One liquid ring pump for seven Baader machines in Iceland

The island of Vestmannaeja lies off the south coast of Iceland and has one of the largest fishing ports in the countryl. It is home to around 4500 people, most of whom are working in the fishing industry. The island has several fish producers, big as well as small, all specialising in the local fish species that are found around the island and in the sea around Iceland itself. Vestmannaeya has two large fish processing factories, Isfélag Vestmannaeyja and Vinslustöðin. They both process flat fish, lobster, cod and saithe/pollock and supply both fresh and frozen fish products to the European and American markets. Over the last few years the two companies have experienced a major development in herring and mackerel processing. Samson Pumps has played a big role in this progression. Ísfélag Vestmanneyja has a large high-tech fish processing plant with a capacity to freeze some 500 tonnes of fish per day. On their seven Baader filleting
machines, Isfélaginu processes herring in working shifts of 24 hours. All the fish waste from those filleting machines are sucked up by Samson pumps. Ísfelag Vestmannaeyja has two 55kw Gamma 70 machines from Samson Pumps to handle their fish filleting machines. In addition, they use Samson‘s vacuum pumps to dry fish roe before freezing it.

How cooperation and tests optimized vacuum pump technology Vinnslustöðind has the same equipment:
Seven Baader and VMK filleting machines that process around 400 tonnes of fish per day. They also have two 45kw Samson Gamma 70 to suck up the fish waste from their machines. Typically, smaller producers would have just one Gamma unit from Samson Pumps to serve one or more VMK or Baader machines. The idea to use Samson vacuum pump technology to suck up fish waste from fish processing machines has been under development for some years. Various tests have demonstrated that a large vacuum flow is necessary to achieve optimal products.

The rule of thumb is that each VMK/Baader machine requires 10-15 kW. This means that a Samson Gamma 70 pump can serve up to 3 filleting machines.

Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, marine engineer at Ísfélaginu, and Jónas Þ.Þorsteinsson, electrician are both very pleased with pleased with the capacity of the Samson vacuum pumps. Both had their Gamma 70 unit installed in 2011 and the units have been operating satisfactorily ever since. Kristinn Valgeirsson, marine engineer from Vinnslustöðin has the same success story to tell.  hey have had two Gamma 70 units in operation since 2009. The vacuum pumps have been in operation ever since and has not had a single break down. Vinslustöðin has installed their vacuum pump in a mobile container. They hope to be able to use the vacuum system to process other fish specimen apart from herring
and mackerel in the future. Today, they use their vacuum plant to dry fish roe.

Varma & Vélaverk sell equipment from Samson Pumps in Iceland and has helped the majority of herring and mackerel processing plants in the country install vacuum systems to suck up fish waste.

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