kanDO Innovation have designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned the world’s first Automated Mussel Openers (AMOs). The machines are used in North Island Mussel Processor’s (NIMPL’s) new Tauranga factory, which was opened by NZ Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key. kanDO also supplied the conveying system for the AMO room in the factory.
NIMPL Director Peter Vitasovich says its new state-of-the-art Greenshell mussel processing plant will see export manufacturing capacity increase nearly three-fold thanks to the new AMO technology. “Our new Tauranga factory houses 28 automated mussel opening (AMO) machines that each process up to 3600 mussels per hour — that’s more than 1.6 million mussels per 16 hour day.”
“When fully operational, NIMPL will boast the world’s largest capacity for half-shell production,” says Vitasovich.