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Duva goes for automatic handling of chocolate products

Duva Choc-O-Fruits in Deinze delivers chocolate products to large and small customers. The chocolates are made according to traditional methods, a process which requires a large amount of manual operations. In order to remain competitive and profitable, the efficiency of the production line must be increased. Duva wanted to find out if the output could be increased by means of flexible automation and if an operator could at the same time be deployed in a different place.

 

Duva called on Sirris to investigate to what extent this line could be automated and to find a suitable partner for the implementation. Sirris first mapped out the entire existing process: preparation, process characteristics, organisation, quality control, etc. The study revealed that three steps in the process are suitable for automation.

Feasible solution

Several automation options were investigated and based on Duva’s wishes and possibilities three integrators were contacted. In their search for a suitable solution a wide scope of different options was investigated. The integrators were provided with the necessary information about the current situation and Duva’s wishes. Sirris supported Duva with advice and as an intermediary in the contact with integrators.

 

The proposals of the three integrators were considered and compared, and tested against Duva’s needs and wishes. The selected integrator is absolutely dedicated to innovation and is helping the food producer to think about the future. Together they searched for a suitable solution, which is feasible and tailored to the SME, and a test set-up was developed.