A specially developed scanning technology for olive producers has helped to improve harvest quality and predictability, claims Danish safety systems provider Foss.
Throughout the last two olive harvests the Foss solution, Olivescan, has helped producers in the renowned olive-rich Andalusia area of Spain to improve the reliability of payment determination, which in turn has led to faster delivery results.
"We are thrilled that the olive co-operatives here in Spain recognise OliveScan as the most excellent instrument compared to other instruments in the market," said Julio Suarez Herrero, General Manager for Foss in Spain.
During the harvests, calibration performance of OliveScan has been carefully monitored by Foss as has the speed of analytical determination and its ability to become an integral part of the supply process. Foss has co-operated with the Instituto de la Grasa in Seville and as an independent institute they have continuously evaluated the calibrations of the OliveScan instrument.
According to the results, the Foss solution has demonstrated precision in measuring fat and moisture content in olive paste within 45 seconds. Additionally, its design is said to have ensured its user-friendliness at reception stations and thereby its ability to be integrated into the harvest process.
To ensure greater transparency within the OliveScan user group, Foss has introduced a new method of supporting customers called the Olive Club. OliveScan users have been offered the opportunity to join the Olive Club, a closed virtual forum within Foss4me (a password protected extranet solution for FOSS customers). In this forum the latest calibration data, reports etc. are posted. The Olive Club has been utilised actively - for downloading information, but also to discuss various issues.
Olivescan will be launched nationally at the Expoliva exhibition in May this year. Further information on the OliveScan solution can be found by visiting the Foss website.