Detector streamlines wet fish processing

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Fish processor invests to meet customer demands

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Grimsby-based Whitefish processor Kirwin Brothers purchased its first Fortress ‘Phantom’ metal detector to fulfil the production requirements of a new customer.

Installed at the end of a completely new production line, the bespoke unit inspects wet fish fillets sold in bulk by either weight or count and packed under a covering of ice.

It was custom designed by Fortress to fit on a low level line rather than a standard operating height, making it easier for workers to lift the heavy containers from the conveyor belt to the cold store.


The success of the first system prompted Kirwin Brothers to buy a second metal detector four months later to help meet demand for increased volume of new pre-packed products from leading supermarkets.

Paul Robinson from Kirwin Brothers says: “Both metal detectors were delivered on schedule and have proved to be robust, reliable and very easy to use. The second metal detector in particular has helped increase the efficiency of our packing operation by eliminating double handling and transferring product between lines.”

Contact: Fortress Technology

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