Key Technology to present new food processing and packaging systems at Interpack

April 13, 2023
The solutions include the VERYX optical sorter and Zephyr horizontal-motion conveyor.

(April 12, 2023 – Key Technology release) – Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, is exhibiting their VERYX® optical sorter and Zephyr™ horizontal-motion conveyor, as well as showcasing their other world-class equipment, in Hall 6 / B73 at Interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 4-10, 2023.

“Food processors worldwide are facing enormous market challenges – fluctuations in crop quality due to extreme weather, increasing defects resulting from stricter legislation on the use of pesticides, widespread labor shortages, consumer demands for higher product quality and more. We’re addressing these issues with our next-generation food processing technologies designed for Industry 4.0 plants,” said Antoine van Bree, president, Key Technology – EMEIA and Asia. “To meet processors’ specific requirements and regional conditions, we collaborate closely with each customer to understand their needs and fine-tune our systems to suit their unique application. We back that up with local tech support, so our customers are taken care of, no matter where their facility is located.”

Key’s VERYX digital sorter finds and removes foreign material (FM) and user-specified defects to protect food safety and ensure product quality while virtually eliminating false rejects and reducing labor requirements. Integrating seamlessly with Key’s specialized material handling systems, VERYX can be configured to sort fresh, dried and frozen fruits and vegetables, potato products, nuts, confectioneries, pet foods and more. Key Discovery™ software collects, analyzes and shares data to reveal patterns and trends that improve sorting and help control upstream and downstream processes.

Achieving higher capacities than other horizontal-motion conveyors, Zephyr gently moves product with minimal bounce to protect product quality and reduce noise. Ideal for processing and packaging lines handling frozen foods as well as dry products like potato chips/crisps, nuts and cereals, Zephyr’s unique motion profile slides and conveys product with no segregation or stratification and reduces product damage and loss of coatings such as seasoning and batter. An optional reversible configuration allows customers to flow product in either direction, maximizing line versatility.

In addition to VERYX, Key’s popular vision inspection systems include OCULUS sorters for whole potatoes, Optyx® sorters for potato chips/crisps and ADR® automatic defect removal systems for potato strips. Key’s Iso-Flo®, Impulse®, Marathon® and Zephyr vibratory conveyors, as well as their rotary size graders and other mechanical solutions, are ideal for a variety of applications throughout processing and packaging lines.

About Key Technology, Inc.

Key Technology is a global leader in the design and manufacture of automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors and other processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield and reduce cost. Key manufactures its products in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; Redmond, Oregon, USA; and in Beusichem, the Netherlands. Key’s USA facilities are certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Key offers customer demonstration and testing services at five locations including Walla Walla and Beusichem as well as Hasselt, Belgium; Sacramento, California, USA; and Melbourne, Australia; and maintains a sales and service office in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Key is a Duravant Company. For more information, visit www.key.net

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