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Automation of Packing Cell in Fresh Fish Facilities

Authors: Yngvar Berg, Omid Mirmotahari, Mats Hovin


The problem discussed in this paper involves packing fresh fish fileet of the northern Cod into a standard square container. The fish is first cleaned and split and then collected on a belt ready to be stacked in a container. The aim of our work is to pack the fish into the container with constraints on the amount of overlap allowed for the fileets. The current focus is to design a packing cell that can be real-time and of practical use, while finding the optimal solution to the degree of overlap and minimise the unused space of the container.

Keywords: Intelligent Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Operations Research, Production Planning and Control, Facilities Planning and Management

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