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EKS provides safe and efficient delivery

22 January 2021

For one of the leading chocolate manufacturers in Europe, precise & safe delivery of the raw ingredients is essential, but unloading them is a complex operation and errors are costly. 

A total of 32 key-operated rotary switches would normally be necessary to direct the raw ingredients to the right station in the manufacturing plant. However, thanks to Euchner’s Electronic-Key-System EKS, this number has been reduced to just four read stations, making the process of receiving the new raw ingredients into the warehouse much more effective. The confectionary industry is yet another food & beverage sub-sector where the EKS wins a (chocolate) gold medal.

A Quantum Leap in Efficiency
Euchner’s innovative Electronic-Key-System EKS not only makes the process of transferring the raw ingredients considerably safer but also significantly more efficient: all tasks are now carried out by one system with just four read stations, rather than a complex system requiring multiple key-operated rotary switches and the potential for errors the original control system created.

The EKS works using an electronic key and a corresponding key adapter. The electronic key contains a transponder with data memory that allows it to transmit data without using any contacts to the read head. In contrast to conventional installations with key-operated rotary switches, it is not necessary to replace the entire system if one key is lost. This isn’t a problem with the EKS, which allows the customer to generate a new electronic key with just a few clicks.

The flexibility and features of the EKS system were taken advantage of during the integration of the system in the company’s new raw ingredients warehouse. The process is simple: when the raw ingredients arrive by truck, an EKS chip is issued, allowing the employees to unload the delivery at the right receiving station and into the right container. 

Each receiving station, path and target container has its own corresponding programmed and numerically marked chip, whose code is read by the RFID readers, which are connected via PROFINET for easy integration into the original control system. The information is then stored on a central database, ready to be processed by the ERP & recipe systems.

The EKS gets seal of approval
Euchner’s Electronic-Key-System EKS is currently responsible for managing the entire raw ingredients warehouse and all of the elements and PCs associated with it. “We hope to soon use the system for our production computers as well,” says the company’s Head of Electrical Engineering and responsible for the implementation of the new technology. He added “The EKS is user-friendly, reliable, forward-thinking, safe, easy to configure and manage, and good value”. Plans have already been drawn up to expand the application of the Electronic-Key-System EKS into the production areas because the solution has proven so successful in the ingredients warehouse. 

EUCHNER – More than safety.

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