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We Design & Fabricate Industry Leading Fish Processing Equipment  
New Products and Techniques!
During the last year, while we have been building our "standard" products, we have developed and tested a number of new products and techniques which I hope are of interest to you.

There are no "silver bullets" here, just things which increase your competitive and financial advantage. 

I will appreciate your comments, criticisms, and even compliments.

Thank you,

Below you will find these new Product Sheets:
Some Salmon Fillet machines work better with the tail removed, and this header mounts on the Ryco #226 Header and cleanly removes the tail without requiring more workers or floor space.
The deep "potholes" between the vertebra which are difficult to clean completely with water and brushes are efficiently cleaned by RYCO's new patented Gutter Vacuum Head.

Transporting fixed weight batches to packaging stations from a large #843 Weighbelt with a single discharge belt. This simulation determines optimum system speeds.

Some filleting operations require worker payment on recovery, fillet quality and speed. This simple, reliable, easily maintained system captures all information from the line and computes payments.

Most aquaculture plants in South America transport waste from processing to disposal points with vacuum systems instead of conveyors and totes to move fish heads.

Performance of large pumps in extreme applications is difficult to forecast due to the many non-linear variables. The RYCO wetpump simulation calculates performance usually within +/- 10% accuracy.

Machines shown below are available for inspection at RYCO Seattle 

#213 Tail Cutter
Tail Cutter Mounts on RYCO #225 and #226 Infeed

Some customers need to remove the tail before filleting. The most efficient place to do this is on the header infeed.
The RYCO Tail Cutter is a flat knife mounted on an air cylinder. An internal gate sets the thickness of the tail cut, and actuates the knife.
Tails are cut off quickly, with a perpendicular, smooth cut, with a consistent thickness for minimum recovery loss.

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#645 Salmon Gutter Vacuum Head
Suction Head Removes Kidney that Brushes and Water Sprays Miss

At the tail end of a Salmon belly cavity there are "pockets" or cavities between the vertebra filled with kidney material. On some fish, such as Chum Salmon, these cavities can be 0.25" deep and are difficult to clean with brushes or water sprays.

RYCO has developed a patented vacuum head which efficiently removes the kidney from the these difficult to clean areas.

A water ring vacuum pump of 30cfm or greater with maximum pressure of -10psi is required.
A gut tank is not required since the kidney material will pass through the vacuum pump without damage.

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#800-100 Simulation
Computer Simulation: Sort Conveyor to Bagging

System Description:

- Cod portions are weighed by #843 Weighbelt and sorted to Minimum GiveAway Batches in 28 hoppers.

-  Weighbelt rate is 100 pieces per minute.

-  The Weighbelt can select any of the 28 batch hoppers.

-  Average batch size is 5 items.

-  Average time to complete a batch is 3 seconds.

-  Batch completion times are random.

-  The hoppers are completed in random order.

Batches are dumped to the transfer belt under the Sort belt when space is available on the Transfer belt. The Transfer belt runs continuously and dumps onto an incline Feed belt which feeds a bagging machine or a manual bagging station. 

The batches spread out to 2' long as they are dumped onto the Transfer belt, and a 2' space is required between batches on the Transfer belt to allow proper transfer to the Feed belt without mixing batches.

There is a minimum Transfer belt speed which will allow merging of batches onto the Transfer belt and discharge to the flighted Feed belt. It is not possible to compute this minimum speed, which must be determined by a simulation.

In this simulation we found that with Transfer belt speed of 60 feet/minute, hoppers at the right end waited too long to dump. At Transfer belt speed of 90 feet/minute, all batches were removed from the hoppers in a reasonable time.

This simulation convinced our Customer that the system would work with practical conveyor belt speeds.

For a video of the complete simulation go to: simulation.avi

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#852 Incentive System
Control Costs, Monitor Individual Workers

The RYCO #852 Systems allows analysis of individual workers on a fillet line or similar process

System Description: 
1. Fish and Fillets are handled in plastic tubs carrying about 20 pounds.
2. System comprises a Central Computer, an Infeed Weigh Station, an Outfeed Weigh Station and a 3 high conveyor.
3. Each Weigh Station has computer, scale indicator and bar code reader.
4. A set of white plastic Tote Cards are provided.
5. A set of yellow plastic Worker Cards is provided.
6. Each card has a unique serial number printed both in numbers and bar code. One unique card for each tote, a set of cards with the same information for the worker.
System Operation:
1. Worker at Infeed Weigh Station fills plastic tote with fish, weighs the tote, scans a Tote Card and puts it in the tote.
2. The Weigh Station sends the data to the Central Computer.
3. The tote is placed on the top conveyor.
4. Worker removes a Fish Tote and fillets the fish. Fillets go into a Fillet Tote, waste goes to the bottom conveyor.
5. When all the fish are filleted, worker places his Worker Card and the Tote Card in the Fillet Tote with the fillets, and pushes it onto the center conveyor.
6. Fillet Tote is received by the supervisor at the Outfeed Weigh Station, who inspects the fillets, scans the Tote Card and the Worker Card while the scale records the weight. The supervisor may enter a Quality Code for the fillets in the tote.
7. The Weigh Station sends the data to the Central Computer as a one line text record.
Data Analysis:
1. Data may be sent to the Central Computer via Ethernet or RS232.
2. Each morning at 00:01 the Central Computer starts a new Run File for that day.
3. Records sent from Weigh Stations is appended to the current Run File.
4. After all work is completed, the Work File Program is run on the Central Computer which creates Summary File for that day containing information on each worker's production for the day. Average Recovery, Average Quality, and other information are included. This file may be imported to Excel for calculations and plotting of data.
5. Management can use this Summary File information to create a report showing worker efficiency and
payments. RYCO provides a sample Work File Program which can be modified by customer as desired.
6. RYCO data may also be sent to 3rd party programs for analysis and management such as Innova and Parity.

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#910 Waste Pump
Pump for Whole Fish Heads, Whole Fish Frames, Other Waste

Designed for the special conditions of fish processing plants.
Stainless, self-contained, high capacity.
Proven in dozens of successful installations.
Low maintenance, minimum floor space, safe.
- Pump heads up to 6" diameter
Pump frames up to 8"x30"
Move up to 30' vertical, 500' horizontal.
Multiple pickup points
Multiple discharge points.
Partial or complete stainless systems.
Electric/Hydraulic power unit included.
Automatic operation
6" Pipe standard, larger pipe optional
Continuous discharge
Grinders may be included


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#971 Wetpump Simulation
Simulation Provides Accurate Method to Forecast Pumping Rates

It is not possible to calculate wetpump operation accurately due to the many non-linear variables.
Suction and discharge heights and lengths, tank volumes, suction and pressure blower curves, pipe diameters, materials and conditions, fittings, fish species, age and size and other variables all affect pumping rate.
The best way to forecast pumping rate is to compare with other similar pumps in similar applications, but this is not always possible.
RYCO has developed a computer simulation which considers most important variables, and using numerical integration and time step techniques, we are able to compute future performance to an accuracy usually within 10%.
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