R+D+i

Research within Hermasa is not simply a department. In itself, Hermasa is a research company. The most important thing is not the manufactured units of a given product, but the ability to create completely new products that revolutionise and modify the method of working in the canning sector. A beginning was made from zero: because there was not any type of research for this industry.

Our company in Spain has received various awards for its technological innovation and participates as a guest at world conferences held by the canning sector throughout the world, something that clearly shows its importance as a driving force behind the industry.

We have produced so advanced equipment that some machines are still operating at full performance, without any competition, several decades after being patented.

Since its founding, Hermasa has registered more than 70 trademarks and patents that have surprised the canning market at various times throughout its history. The company currently markets its equipment with four trademarks: Hermasa, Tunipack, Flash-Pack and Tunivac. There are currently ten patents in force

10 current patents

The impressive impacts of our R+D+i throughout canning history.

Throughout its history, Hermasa has produced various milestones that have marked various stages in canning production, creating technological trends that were exported worldwide.

Brain In 1975, Hermasa launched its first continuous sardine cooker on the market, the Flash-Cooker. This model cooked the already canned sardines with direct steam in the same process as oil dispensing and closing. This was followed by a more advanced variant, the HRG-V that had high capacity and versatility with several can types. These machines were patented in the first decades in order to reduce maintenance and increase the degree of automation. In order to attain this, the Hermasa pioneers imported

Las primeras Flash Pack revolucionaron el mercado de la sardina.The first "Flash Packs" revolutionised the sardine market.
The first "Flash Packs" revolutionised the sardine market.

know-how from countries with long traditions in industrial machinery, such as France and Germany and launched a completely new business from Spain, which was adapted to canning. It was a long learning and specialisation process.

In 1984, canning plants received the "Flash Pack", an innovating automatic sardine canning system that performed continuous product cutting, eviscerating and canning. This was the first great technological leap forward with a drastic fall in costs for the companies by reducing the number of persons required to operate the machine, while increasing production at the same time.

The first "Flash Packs" revolutionised the sardine market.
The first "Flash Packs" revolutionised the sardine market.
During many decades, the sardine was the star of the Spanish canning sector.
During many decades, the sardine was the star of the Spanish canning sector.

This advance represented a salutary lesson in relations with the competition established between large worldwide manufacturers. This technological leap forward positioned the sector on the same level as other important production sectors that operate on a globalised level, treating the entire world as a single and very big market. Hermasa sold its equipment to the five continents at the service of companies that calculate the best site for their factories, taking into account all production costs. Technological investment is so decisive for productivity that, in this decade, the relocation of business to countries outside Europe has been avoided. Even today, after the first decade of the twenty-first century, there are 137 machines of this type operating in 52 countries all over the globe, a clear example of the visionary character of the technology thought up by the Rodríguez brothers.

At the same time, the large canning factories exponentially increased this demand for tuna species for their industrial processing. Hermasa surprised the factories with their "Tunivac", which was developed in collaboration with the Vigo Marine Research Institute (Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas). On this occasion, it was a tuna cooker with vacuum cooling. Ten years later, in 1997, Hermasa launched the first prototype of the legendary "Tunipack", the machine that made tuna canning manufacturers across the globe point to Hermasa as the great technological reference for greatly increasing production in less space and with fewer personnel. The "Tunipack" is one of the

A stand in the twenty-first century for competing in the globalised show market.
A stand in the twenty-first century for competing in the globalised show market.

outstanding moments in our company's R+D+i, a tuna canning system with singular performance that fascinated visitors to the World Fishing Exhibition of that same year. Marketing commenced in 2001 and exceeded all Hermasa engineers' expectations and it was installed in factories throughout the world. Even now, with the presence of later model versions, the "Tunipack" continues being the example to follow in tuna canning processes.