December 20, 2018

New SMART Machines by Kronen to debut at Fruit Logistica

Right in line with what’s become known as “Industry 4.0,” Kronen will debut its new SMART Machines during Fruit Logistica in Berlin on Feb. 6-8, 2019.

Industry 4.0 is about the interconnectivity of machines in production. Machines need to be web-enabled and are usually connected with a Wi-Fi network. With the connection, the machines are able to communicate and to transfer information about the machines’ conditions and the production’s status to a central location in real-time and they can also receive instructions.

The data is collected in a cloud, for example, so it is visible for the user via a PC or mobile device. Further, an entire production can be interconnected, in order that all the different machines within a processing line can communicate. Industry 4.0 solutions provide the chance to make a production more efficient by improving productivity, flexibility, quality and safety.

Besides, predictive maintenance can help to prevent breakdowns as well as costs which occur when production stops. Another benefit of interconnecting several machines is that cable links can be reduced, which has a positive effect on cleaning and sanitation.

SMART Machines

Several Kronen machines are available as web-enabled version. They include, among others, the belt-cutting GS 10-2 SMART and the washing machine DECONWA SMART. Also, visitors to Fruit Logisitca will see how the interconnection of several machines works and how a SMART Factory can be realized in the fresh-cut sector. Kronen’s SMART Machines are individually adapted to the specific needs of the customers and the performance range can be expanded continuously throughout the future.

For the first time, the newly developed apple peeling machine AS 6 for peeling, coring, wedging and slicing apples will be showcased. The apples only have to be placed on the machine manually and will be automatically loaded then. This way the potential risk of injury is prevented and the handling is more efficient. Not only the processing is automated, but also the product’s out-feed into the hood which is an integral part of the base frame. AS 6 is optimized for capacities of up to 900 apples per hour.It offers an increase of about 50 percent in capacity compared to the well-established apple peeling machine AS 4.

Besides, AS 6 was developed with a special focus on ergonomic design. Live machinery demonstrations will be accompanied by the popular “Live Cooking,” with fresh-cut delicacies handmade by chefs Wolfgang Blum and Andreas Eigner.