Carsoe designs and produces stainless steel machinery for the food processing industry. One of their core business areas is the development and production of machinery for seafood processing on-board of fishing trawlers.

Challenges

Seafood caught on a trawler undergoes several processes before it is frozen, packed, and stored on the ship until the course is set to a harbor. This setup and output-driven environment of the fishing industry leaves limited possibilities to perform stress-tests on the actual system. To cope with this challenge Carsoe has partnered with simulation experts from Integrate, who used several customized simulation models programmed in the simulation software Enterprise Dynamics to imitate the behavior of the machinery on-board of the trawler.

Solution

The virtual model of the production processes has enabled Carsoe to gain detailed insights into the functionality and interaction of the machinery throughout the entire production line. As input for the simulation model several years of data about the haul of seafood from multiple trawlers was provided and transformed into distribution functions to imitate the behavior of the production system over time. The input data was especially crucial, since the amount of seafood and species caught depends highly on the season of the year. The simulation models enabled the modelling of the behavior of the processes with a large variety of amount of seafood and species caught as input.

Results

Integrate developed the simulation models and performed multiple tests of different scenarios of concepts to clarify KPI’s and performance criteria of various processes. The simulation models have aided in the improvement of processes and control logic on several trawlers by supporting the decision-making process for relevant stakeholders.

“Havingthe simulation model, provides us with the possibility to perform consequenceand capacity analysis of different scenarios and parameters, which would couldnot have done without the simulation model.”


Kenneth Larsen, Product Manager

Perspectives

The range of potential uses for the simulation models is broad and can be used beyond the optimization of machinery. Bearing this in mind, Carsoe currently uses the visual aspect of these in sales pitches and presentations for customers to create a common understanding of how the production system will perform in an environment where space is limited.

Additional cases where Carsoe utilizes simulation are:

  • Training of crew members in the usage of the machinery;
  • Bottleneck analysis and visualization;
  • Validation of future production concepts to provide an enhanced degree of certainty in the design phase of projects

“It was of great benefit to us to be able to present a simulation model onexhibitions. By using simulation models, we could attract potential customersand it provided us with the possibility to communicate a complex technicalsolution in an efficient way.”


Jeppe Christensen, Sales and Business Manager– Seafood Processing
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