Computer-controlled ripening chambers have long since found their way into the fast-moving fruit-ripening sector, while associated ordering, transport and maturity planning or quality management of the fruit is often done manually, i.e. via an Excel list and a physical maturity diary.
In cooperation with numerous experts from the fruit import and maturation business, activeIT has developed software that maps the process of ripening fruit and thus brings together order, transport and maturity planning in a clear program.
"We're constantly learning," says Marko Klein, managing director of activeIT. "Implementing at SH Pratts in the UK and working closely with our clients has allowed us to gather and integrate many new insights into our system Indicator as well as Motivator to constantly expand our system with new functions and to be able to offer these to future customers."
First project in the US is pending
Internationalization is in full swing. "While we are still handling large-scale projects in the European area, the first project in the US will be launched in 2020. This shows that the demand for such solutions is increasing, not least because the demand for bananas, avocados, mangoes and other tropical fruits is growing. Because of this increasing demand, with their current solutions providers will reach their limits. Digitalisation is on the way. "
"FIPS, our fruit import and ripening system, is beneficial to our customers in many ways. Volumes are optimally planned from the country of origin to go to the consumer, thus saving valuable costs through spoilage or over- and under-spending. Time savings are also achieved through our software, since the computer-aided processes no longer require manual calculations and the large number of different Excel lists can be dispensed with in the future. By connecting our software to any ERP system such as SAP, we are ideally equipped for the future," Marko Klein continues.
Central administration and control of machines and plants
In the production area, too, activeIT establishes itself with the production efficiency and control software PECS. This system enables customers to centrally manage and control machines and plants. Sources of error in the creation of labels and labeling are avoided by the automated transmission of product-technical data from the existing ERP system. An efficient utilization and line planning sometimes takes place through the direct booking of arrivals and departures, directly on the line. At an information terminal, documents regarding hygiene or work instructions can be signed digitally directly before starting work.
The main focus was on the processing performance, which is why obvious production data and extensive live evaluations are made available in the live app at all times. The app for smartphones additionally facilitates the daily routine.
The next stop for activeIT is Fruit Attraction 2019 in Madrid, where their new contact person, Gabriel Marek (Marketing & Sales), will be available for any discussions on digitization in fruit maturation and production processes with all those who are interested.