April 16, 2014 – Key Technology strengthens its commitment to California food processors by expanding its Innovation and Solutions Center (ISC) and local service capabilities in Sacramento, California, USA. The customer visitor center, which opened in 2011, was expanded in 2014 to showcase Key’s complete source of belt- and chute-fed digital sorting technologies, conveying, and processing solutions for food processors. The expanded ISC now offers spare parts, after-sales service, and technical support for all Key equipment, and enables customers to participate in equipment demonstrations, application tests, and training in Sacramento.
The Sacramento customer center complements Key’s other Innovation and Solutions Centers, which are located at the company’s headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; and at Key Technology in Beusichem, the Netherlands; Hasselt, Belgium; and Melbourne, Australia.
“The Sacramento facility was created by Visys, and it was a strategic part of our merger with them last year. The location puts us in the middle of a major fruit, vegetable, nut, and dried fruit processing region, which is a very important market for Key,” said Steve Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Key Technology. “We’ve invested significant resources in Sacramento. We’ve added Key’s belt-fed sorters and other processing systems to the chute-fed sorters that came from our merger. We’ve also located our new Taurys™ chute-fed sorting system there, which is our latest innovation and our first product release after the merger. We’ve located experienced technicians from Belgium in Sacramento to complement our existing team of local service technicians, and we now offer local spare parts to complete our after-sales service.”
The facility comfortably accommodates multiple customers at once in various demo labs and training rooms for equipment demonstrations, application tests, and training using the latest innovations from the company’s product portfolio. The equipment currently includes Key’s belt-fed sorters, Tegra® and Optyx® with three-way sorting, and chute-fed sorters, Taurys, Python, and Cayman® BioPrint®, as well as conveyors, Horizon™, Iso-Flo®, and Impulse™.
“Key’s expansion in Sacramento shows a serious commitment to food processors in California, including the nut and dried fruit customers that were such a vital part of Visys before the merger,” said Raf Peeters, Technical Sales Support Manager – Optical Sorting at Key Technology. “Time is money, so locating after-sales service and spare parts close to customers is a great advantage. Giving customers easy access to equipment demonstrations and application tests helps us illustrate the superior performance of our solutions and build stronger customer relationships.”
To further enhance customer convenience, there is also an additional Cayman BioPrint sorter in Sacramento that is mounted on a trailer, and it can be scheduled to conveniently travel to processors for demonstrations and tests along with an application specialist.
“Hyperspectral-based BioPrint sorting, which was pioneered by Visys, is a new technology, and we’ve found that taking the sorter directly to the processor is a very effective demonstration method,” said Peeters. “The sorter rides along on bumpy roads on the way to visit a prospective customer. It takes about 15 minutes to connect air and electrical and get it up and running. This shows the customer that the technology is robust and easy to use. Then they see it perform – the sorter’s massive success at removing defects and foreign material with very little yield loss – and they understand that it is unlike any existing camera or laser sorter.”
Cayman BioPrint is field-proven to maximize sorting performance for an increasing number of food applications to complement the already wide variety of tree nuts applications with intelligent software algorithms that enable the technology to achieve up to 99.5 percent efficiencies with very low false reject rates.
About Key Technology, Inc.
Key Technology, an ISO-9001 certified company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of process automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and 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. With worldwide sales representation, the company maintains demonstration and testing facilities at its headquarters and manufacturing divisions in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; and at Key Technology in Beusichem, the Netherlands and Hasselt, Belgium. The company's common stock trades on the Global Market tier of The NASDAQ Stock Market