Valensina and autosen - anything else is bananas
autosen and Valensina – anything else is bananas
With its premium fruit juice brands "Valensina" and "Hitchcock", the Valensina Group is one of the best known fruit juice producers in Germany. At headquarters in Mönchengladbach the company has largely automated its production to be able to meet high standards of freshness and delivery times. The sensors required for this are obtained through autosen.com, which lowers costs and makes logistics easier.
Anyone with customers in food retailing cannot afford line downtimes. The logistics chain in juice production is tightly synchronised from harvest to customer purchase and bottling plays a key role. For optimum freshness and maximum expiration dates, Valensina containers generally go directly to retailers' refrigerated shelves with no detours, arriving no more than 24 hours after the order is received. A smaller buffer storage facility in nearby Korschenbroich is used to compensate for peaks in production and demand. Up to 500,000 litres of premium quality fruit juice can be bottled daily in five lines in the Mönchengladbach plant. The juices, which are pressed freshly three times a week, are primarily exported to other countries in Europe, while direct juices bottled daily mostly find their way into German supermarkets.
The especially gentle pasteurisation and constant cooling of the juice guarantees a fresh taste experience. Hygiene is the top priority in the entire production process, also because it affects the expiration date. Thus in addition to the two conventional lines, Valensina also operates three practically sterile Ultra Clean lines. On Valensina's Ultra Clean systems, production continues without interruption from Sunday evening until Wednesday morning. Then the lines are cleaned using chlorinated cleaning agents and foaming nozzles at a working pressure of 25 bar. The conventional lines are cleaned daily. These are challenging conditions for inductive and photoelectric sensors, which must reliably record and transmit information with great precision, yet are exposed to chemicals and moisture.
Sensors used in the production environment are wearing parts, and to reduce downtimes to a minimum it is important that they can be replaced very easily.
Ernst Peter Froitzheim, Technical Manager
Sensors wherever you look. Almost 15 percent of the devices have been replaced with autosen sensors, all of them complete with plug and cabling.
Everything at a glance
The Valensina Group, known for its premium fruit juice brands, has largely automated its production facility in Mönchengladbach to meet the high standards of freshness and delivery times.
The required sensors are procured via autosen.com, which reduces costs and facilitates logistics.
Production is carried out under strict hygienic conditions, including virtually sterile, ultra clean facilities, which poses challenges for photoelectric and inductive sensors.
Valensina supplies up to 500,000 litres of fruit juice daily, much of which is exported to other European countries, with the chilled direct juices mostly earmarked for German supermarkets.
Manufacturer of chilled and ambient juices
Ruckes 90, 41238 Mönchengladbach
+49 2166 9837-0
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