Turnkey Solution for Pelagic Onshore

Fully automatic

From receiving to packing and palletizing. 

Fast processing time

Sorted and fully processed in shortest time possible.

High Quality

The fast processing time and freezing the product with non-pressure plate freezers ensures highest product quality. 

High Capacity

Up to 1000 tons per 24 hours on only 3.000 m2 floor space.

Automatic Quality Control

Identifies damaged individuals and unwanted species with full product traceability.

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Skaginn 3X is your ideal partner for designing and producing automatic turnkey solutions for pelagic processing plants, with a non-comparable level of automation. Our team of innovative designers and experts in pelagic processing can offer our clients the best possible solution based on their needs. We produce most of the equipment needed for an automatic turnkey solution, but our equipment can also interface with any other solution currently available. Together with our customers, we will design the best solution possible based on functionality and price range, meaning that our customer doesn’t need to decide in advance the suppliers of the processing equipment.

Skaginn 3X is known for its automatic pelagic processing plant and we are proud of being the producers of several of the largest refrigeration plants for pelagic fish in the world. Our newest installation of automatic pelagic plant is Eskja in Eskifirdi, located in Iceland, is considered to be the World’s most advanced processing plant where the whole process from receiving to packing and palletizing is fully automatic and can produce up to 1000 tons of frozen product per 24 hours.  

Automation and better quality

The main benefits of full automation for pelagic processing is the fast processing time that results in higher product quality and eliminates back braking work that are often associated with less developed processing methods.

System Overview

When the product enters the processing facility, the product is automatically sorted by Style grader which sorts the product mechanically based on body size/shape. After sorting the product is delivered to QC-Vision Batcher which weighs the product into batches prior bagging machine. The newest feature of the QC-Vision Batcher has additional Vision units that can control the product flow from the grading machine and divide the product traffic between different QC-Vision Batching stations. Furthermore, the QC-Vision Batcher works also as an automatic quality control, where it inspects and records each individual in terms of size, species, condition and removes unwanted species or damage individuals. After the QC-Vision Batching, the products is directly delivered to bagging machine which bags the product and mark it with a printed tag which ensures full traceability. Thereafter the product is delivered either into carton box or plastic trays and are transported to the freezers. The product is quickly frozen by automatic contact freezers. The main benefits of this non-pressure freezing technique is that the product is quickly frozen (3-4 hours) with low yield loss and unique visual appearance. The freezing process is fully automatic and after freezing the frozen product is delivered to boxing machine and automatic palletizing system which palletize the product, wraps it in plastic and deliver the product automatically to the cold storage. As described, the system is fully automatic from receiving to packed and palletized in cold storage. To optimize product quality, all buffers prior packing are equipped with chilling unit so the product is kept as cold as possible through the whole process.


  • 0.94 working hours per 1.000 kg of fully frozen product*
  • 60kW electrical usage for freezers per 1.000 kg of finish product
  • 66kW electrical usage for total factory without product freezing per 1.000 kg
  • 36 Euro packing cost per 1.000 kg of finish product

* Working hour based on all factory employers, including also cleaning time and technical service.
This is based on 750 MT/24H mackerel production with total 30 employers.

Eskja – Complete automatic pelagic processing plant (full video)
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