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Innovative Wynyard company receives $235,000 grant for world first.

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Innovative Wynyard company receives $235,000 grant for world first


Tuesday, 11 July 2006 Printer Friendly Version

An innovative Wynyard company is developing the world’s first fully automatic oyster weight grader with the aid of an Australian Government Commercial Ready grant, local Federal Member Mark Baker announced today.

Mr Baker said SED Shellfish Equipment is receiving a $235,000 grant to assist with further innovations for its existing vision system and the development of a new weight grader.

“SED’s existing vision grader processes up to six oysters per second and the new weight grader will process about three a second. Both machines automatically separate the shellfish, then measure, sort and count them into bags,” he said.

“The company already exports its vision system to the Europe, New Zealand and the United States. With the addition of the automatic weight grader SED Shellfish will be able to supply another larger sector of these markets.

“Another innovation of SED Shellfish Equipment is a device to remove dead oysters automatically during processing.

“At present, whole batches of oysters can be dumped or abandoned, creating an environmental problem. If the percentage of dead oysters in a batch is too high the cost of removing them may be beyond the resources of the farmer. The ‘dead oyster detector’ will be able to recover the saleable oysters economically and efficiently.”

Mr Baker said the Australian Government’s Commercial Ready program assisted innovative businesses with research and development and with commercialising new products to get them into the marketplace.

“SED Shellfish Equipment has responded to a demand in the marketplace for a more efficient and cost-effective way of processing oysters,” he said.

“SED’s success serves as a great example of Tasmanian innovation -

applying practical, workable solutions to problems encountered by local, national and international industry.”