The VMK16 Head/Tail cutting Machine accurately and efficiently removes the head and tail of the fish. Additional equipment is available for cutting the fish into pieces, gender sorting of herring, Vision-system for a less labor intense process. Stainless steel fish pockets carry the fish to precision measuring device that customize the position of the head cut and tail cut for each individual fish, achieving high yield.

The VMK16 can be used as a single module, or connected to a VMK31 Feeder and VMK Filleting Machine, VMK11. The machine is working with around 300 fish /minute. Species handling capabilities include herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, blue whiting, and similar species. The machine can also be configured to process smaller fish, such as sardines, kilka and sardinella. The machines are made from all non-corrosive material.

Standard equipment:

  • Individual measuring of each fish for optimized yield
  • Deheading with rotating knife
  • Tail cutting with rotating knife
  • Transfer function to filleting machine, VMK11
  • Chutes for offals

Optional functions:

  • Manual infeed table, M24
  • Water pressure pump, M69
  • Piece cutting, unit, M50
  • Steak cutter M60
  • Vacuum unit for gutting, M63
  • Sex sorting unit, M95