Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has introduced Key Discovery™. This suite of software solutions transforms Key’s digital sorting systems into Industrial Internet of things-connected devices that collect, analyze, and share data while sorting product. By harnessing data about the sort process and about every object flowing through the sorter, Key Discovery can reveal patterns and trends that improve sorting and help control upstream and downstream processes. Key Discovery provides actionable information that enables processors to optimize product quality, maximize yield, reduce downtime and minimize labor to increase profitability.

Key Discovery is available for all Key Technology sorting equipment including VERYX® digital sorters and ADR EXOS™ automatic defect removal systems, as well as other Key sorting platforms. It offers flexible connectivity to a processor’s enterprise, whether to a manufacturing execution system or a supervisory control and data acquisition system, shop floor management software, or power-line communication network, via a secure infrastructure.

Food processors can use the data provided by Key Discovery for a wide variety of process monitoring and line control purposes, depending on their needs. It audits the sorter’s wellness, validates sort performance, and helps better manage output. Key Discovery can also monitor upstream processes to help identify issues and opportunities for improvement, and it can connect the sorter with other equipment and devices upstream and downstream on the line. These capabilities help maximize raw product utilization, improve line performance, and reduce the need for human monitoring of the sort process.

Key Discovery’s configurable reporting enables processors to understand product batches in terms of their quality profile, measuring defect rates and the presence of foreign material as well as the color, size, shape, structural property, and/or chemical composition of the product, whether the data are used to make sort decisions or not. These quality reports can be used to manage payment plans for growers or to better understand how different field practices and raw product sources affect final product quality. Key Discovery can also perform quality control measurements and reporting in-line, eliminating the need for time-consuming tests to be conducted on small samples of the product population off the production line.

Key manufactures equipment in both the U.S. and Europe and supports its customers worldwide through its extensive sales and SupportPro service network. 

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