Ronair through 2018
Ronair through 2018
2018 was a year full of challenges and growth for Ronair. We delivered a number of beautiful Ronair drying systems, each with their own specific requirements and difficulties. Our team had some intensive months, but the results were impressive. Below we highlight three of the most important challenges.
The first was the entering of the products into our installation. The customer is a producer of vacuum packed sausages and the line is split into two tracks. As a result, our machine had to be adapted accordingly. We made the design in such a way that one and the same drive shaft could drive both tracks. The belts on each track can easily be replaced by means of a cantilever system. The machine was equipped with motorised valves that automatically regulate the air supply from the blower to the conveyor tracks. This enabled the customer to integrate our dryer perfectly into their existing production line.
Another challenge came from a manufacturer of ready meals. Our installation was an important link in their new advanced production line. After a treatment in an autoclave (pasteurisation with back pressure), the ready meals are cooled more quickly by means of cold water. Afterwards, the products must be treated in quick succession on the production line (cardboard sleeve, printing of date, ...). For this process, a dry product is extremely important. Given the many different types and sizes of products, we had to develop a machine that could quickly, easily and consistently dry the variable product sizes. Ronair designed a unit in which the upper structure is automatically adjustable in height using a chain system and a servo motor. Via the electrical cabinet, the customer can send a signal that automatically adjusts the settings according to the type of product. For this project, we had to work with very extensive automation. Our machine could also be put in contact with the other machines on the line and during the FAT no less than 16 different formats were programmed.
The machine that offered the biggest challenge was one for a French cheese producer. For the very first time, we received an order to dry unpackaged products. In practical terms, it involved large blocks of cheese (round and square). In dairy and cheese in particular, bacteria play an important role. However, there are also major risks associated with "bad" bacteria. That is why such installations are completely cleaned several times a day. All nooks and crannies of the machine had to be easily accessible for cleaning. The machine had another bonus: the conveyor belts were given a slope.
We brought each of these challenges to a successful end. This way we keep evolving and specializing further and further. In the context of this positive progress, we decided to say goodbye to our test-Ronair. The machine we tested on for years was sold and in early 2019 we’ll build a brand new model. So we will be ready to perform even more and even better tests on your to be dried products.
In order to complete all these challenges on time without compromising on quality, it was necessary to expand our team with an extra designer. Welcome Guillaume, we are happy you joined our team! We were also lucky to be able to count on the help of an intern during the months September and October. Louis actively helped us come up with solutions and implementations in practice. Thanks for your help, Louis.
2018 was a year in which we tried to make more international efforts. We participated in many international exhibitions We visited not only in our neighbouring countries, we even went to Sweden for the first time! This resulted in a number of contacts with very interesting potential projects. Our pipeline for 2019 looks very promising already!
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