KRONEN Introduces Advanced Drying System

At this year´s Anuga Foodtec trade fair the KRONEN GmbH stand will be displaying the K650 respectively K850 as part of its extended product range of large centrifuges. The drying systems have been designed for processing large quantities of cut lettuce, vegetables, and fruit. Also, KRONEN will be exclusively presenting innovations in the new virtual showroom including a processing line that can process up to 1,000 kg of baby leaf per hour using the latest technology and hygiene system.

During this year´s Anuga Foodtec exhibition KRONEN is focusing on presenting solutions for high capacities as well as innovations and the KRONEN classic machines covering all aspects of disinfection. A brand-new feature is the virtual showroom where visitors together with KRONEN experts have access to the latest innovations from the Kehl am Rhein company. “After the long pandemic-induced break we want to offer trade fair visitors an exclusive insight into our current range of machines“ said Stephan Zillgith, management spokesman. “One of the highlights is the further developed large centrifuge. Also, using the virtual showroom for the first time at a trade fair we will be exhibiting a number of premiere products.“

The K850 drying system: optimal performance and hygiene The K850 drying system is a further development of KRONEN´s K650 drying system. Here particular attention was paid to the drive and the hygienic design. This resulted in new features such as increased capacity, shortened cycle times or an additional spray system. Despite the size of the machine the infeed height of the K850 is set low deliberately. This means the length of the buffer belt is shorter and therefore saves a considerable amount of space in set-up area of the largescale unit.

This fully automated system for dewatering cut vegetables, fruit and lettuce including whole leaf processes large quantities on an industrial scale. The system consists of a feed buffer belt, centrifuge, a discharge belt and an external control unit. In a continuous processing operation up to 5.5 tonnes of product can be dried per hour. The K650 can dry up to 2.8 tonnes of product per hour. Therefore the K850 has been designed to extend the high capacity lettuce and vegetable processing lines. It can be combined ideally with the GEWA XL and GEWA AF washing machines or the GEWA 5000.

In 2021 the semi-automated PDS4L was launched able to core, halve or quarter peppers. It will also appear live and operating on the stand. Thanks to the system one person alone can process up to 750 kg/h. Normally one person manually prepares 40-150 kg of peppers. This means that by implementing the PDS4L at least two to three people are spared in product preparation. The product is placed on the intermittent feed belt with the stalk face down. The product holders ensure perfect positioning of the peppers. The machine cuts open the pepper from the top, so that the coring knife can remove the core in the second step without cutting the usable product. Waste and usable product are separated. The yield is approximately 85% depending on the variety and quality of the pepper. Precision cutting, ergonomic, safe operation and efficient, easy cleaning are all guaranteed.