Australian automation technology is a key driver of innovation and growth across many sectors, and its influence in aquaculture is becoming more visible each year. Most Australian oyster farms have adopted technologies, including the automation of the oyster grading process, to streamline their operations, increase productivity, reduce costs and improve farm gate consistency.
One of the main ways in which automation technology is benefiting international oyster farming businesses is by increasing efficiency and productivity. Automation technology has enabled oyster farms in the United States, New Zealand and Japan to automate the labour-intensive and time draining task of oyster grading, freeing up time and resources to focus on more complex and strategic farming activities.
This has led to significant improvements in productivity and efficiency, which have helped oyster farms grow and expand their operations whilst mitigating the issue of staff shortage, which is a major issue for farming operations worldwide.
Australian automation technology is benefiting international oyster farmers by not just reducing labour overheads. The quality of the automation machinery enables international oyster farming operations to forecast growth, scalability and capital expenditure with complete confidence. At SED Graders, we have been exporting our vision grader and water grader to international markets for many years. The quality of our manufacturing, assembly, electronics and componentry ensures that any grader we deliver is fit for purpose, customised to the needs of the farm’s operations and is made to work in the most demanding environments.
As an Australian company, our grading machines are built to handle Australian conditions, which are some of the harshest conditions in the world. This level of robust design and construction ensures our machines successfully handle international environments.
The grading equipment eliminates many human errors and greatly improves grading consistency. It allows farms to reduce the time spent on grading, and with an improved product entering the market, the farm’s reputational value is enhanced. Along with labour cost savings, the benefits greatly outweigh the investment.
The vision grading technology from SED Graders is also helping international oyster farmers improve their safety and sustainability practices. With fewer workers required and reducing the hands on task, the machinery helps mitigate workers’ exposure to injury. The vision grader can be operated single-handedly, and the speed (grades up to 28,800 oysters per hour) greatly reduces the environmental footprint, enabling farms to optimise energy usage and reduce waste from running a grading line for long periods of time.
Whilst time is money, time burns energy, innovation and development. By turning weeks of work into a day or two, oyster farmers can redirect their efforts into more interesting and profitable endeavours such as developing new markets, innovating other automation opportunities and improving production outcomes.
The automation technology is helping international oyster farms improve the quality of their products. It is eliminating errors and defects, which can improve the consistency and reliability of products leading to enhanced customer satisfaction and building stronger relationships with their customers and increasing their revenue.
SED Graders is at the forefront of oyster grading automation technology, and our expertise is highly sought after by oyster farmers worldwide. We continue to innovate and invest in automation technology, drive growth and create new opportunities for oyster farmers everywhere.
SED Graders is an Australian and family-owned company. We provide worldwide after-sales support and fully train you to use and optimise the vision grader for maximum output.