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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

In the Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in France, a symbol of the Médoc, two EUROPRESS EP 44 have found their place in the course of the technical modernization. Filled through a sliding hopper, the two machines guarantee pressings that meet the company's highest quality requirements.

It is the "SOLUS" programming that makes it possible to obtain a perfect pressing result in terms of extraction and juice flow. The associated remote control allows users to control the juice outflow and operate the press at the same time. A press program is created in real time, perfectly adapted to the grapes.

 

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Fast help in case of emergency

There for you during the harvest

Scharfenberger harvest service

Professional service is one of the most important tasks at Scharfenberger Maschinenbau: During harvest time, our service hotline and customer service are available seven days a week. Our experts provide quick and competent information and support via our telephone service if our customers need help.

The excellently stocked spare parts warehouse ensures that all parts are supplied. On site, our technicians provide quick service. In addition, our customer service vehicles are equipped with special tools and spare parts.

 

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Punctually in delivery time

delivery Scharfenberger machineries grape presses Europress

A small excerpt from our deliveries before the 2020 vintage. All machines reached our customers on time in this exceptional year with difficult production conditions.

We wish all of our customers all the best. We look forward to a successful wine 2020.

 

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Moving to the United States and Canada

Moving to the United States and Canada

Several containers were loaded at our US distributor Euro-Machines and Canadian distributor Vines to Vintages.
Several EUROPRESS grape presses, destemmer, conveyor belts, vibrating tables etc. went on a long sea voyage.

 

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Our production and service during the pandemic

OUR COVID-19 PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Our team is there for you

All colleagues at our company in Bad Dürkheim but also at our subsidiary TSN in Poland have adjusted to the currently required protection and hygiene measures, so that we can be as productive as possible in this problematic pandemic-situation.

We also make sure that our staff correctly follow the distance and behavior measures to protect against viral infections.

 

 

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That makes us happy

Thanks to the medical staff of the Evangelical Hospital in Bad Dürkheim

THANKS TO THE MEDICAL STAFF OF THE EVANGELICAL HOSPITAL

The current situation requires cohesion but also thanks and appreciation to all helping hands who are doing a great job in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are pleased, that we have given the medical staff of the Evangelical Hospital in Bad Dürkheim great pleasure. As special recognition, all doctors and nurses, the administrative team and the cleaning staff received a large number of wine presents from us.

Thanks to the active support of the four seasons winegrowers' cooperative in Bad Dürkheim, the gifts were delivered just in time for Easter.

 

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Our team is there for you!

OUR COVID-19 PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Our team is there for you

In order to maintain the health and safety of our team and our business partners, we have adapted our operating processes, production and mobile service to the current situation and switched to two shifts.

The Scharfenberger team can still be reached by phone and eMail, and will give you the usual support.
We give everything - so that we ALL stay healthy!

 

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TSN invited to the anniversary celebration

A successful anniversary celebration for everyone

A successful anniversary celebration for everyone

Our subsidiary TSN Sp.z o.o. celebrated with a big open house, at the company location near Krakow, the 15th company anniversary on January 18, 2020.

Many guests followed the invitation to this special event; among them numerous Polish winemakers, young winemakers and business partners. Special highlights were informative presentations including wine tastings and many interesting discussions.

 

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Winzer-Service-Messe 2019 GERMANY

Review winegrower service fair 2019 in Karlsruhe

Winegrower service fair in Karlsruhe 2019

We look back at a beautiful winemaker service fair 2019 in Karlsruhe.
Many thanks to all of our interested guests, helpers and friends!

We exhibited here:
several grape presses Europress EP2 65 hl (cool version), EP1 34 hl, EP3 27 hl,
a complete grape sorting line consisting of an AS 5 destemmer with roller sorter, vibration sorting table, conveyor belt with crusher and our optical grape sorter.

 

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SITEVI in Montpellier 2019

IMPRESSIONS OF SITEVI 2019 IN MONTPELLIER

SITEVI in Montpellier

The SITEVI took place in Montpellier on November 26-28, 2019 almost at the same time as the Winzer Service fair.

The French audience saw our machines here:
• Europress EP1 - 34 hl (3,400 ltr.),
• Europress EP 2 - 44 hl (cool version),
• optical sorter

 

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SIMEI Milano 2019

Looking back at SIMEI 2019

SIMEI, International Winery Machinery Exhibition in Milano

The 28th International Winery Machinery Exhibition in Milano /Italy took place on November 19-22, 2019.

We would like to thank our visitors very much for the interesting questions and discussions.

 

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First operation of the new plant

The new grape reception of the winery Lenz Moser in Austria.

The new grape reception of the winery Lenz Moser in Austria

Just in time for the grape-harvesting in 2019, the new grape reception was put into operation.

During the conversion of the winery the following was realized:
• destemmer Scharfenberger AS 60 (40-60 t/h) + crusher
• 3 x grape presses Europress T200 (20.000 ltr.)
• installation of stainless-steel bases, frame construction and catwalks.

 

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AMAZING TRUCKS

Deliveries to customers

Euro-Machines is being supplied many machines to customers

Our US distributor Euro-Machines delivered many machines to its customers.

The truck low loaders had a Europress P 60 and an EHP 3000 for a customer in South Oregon, as well as a Europress P15, an AS5 destemmer, a filter and a pump for a customer in Northern Oregon.
The pulling force of the pick-up was also sufficient, so that the Europress P34 arrived an time in Buellton, Southern California.
And the Sales & Service Manager EMW delivered a Europress P24 with hopper for a customer in California.

 

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GREETINGS FROM AUSTRALIA

the trade fair for the Australien wine industry

The Wine Industry Trade Exhibition "WineTech" ist the networking event for all Australian wine experts. The trade fair took place in Adelaide from the 22nd to the 24th of July 2019.

The sympathetic team of our distributor TANIUM grapeworks showed the interested public its service portfolio on a large stand. They also presented the new EUROPRESS EP and a high destemmer AS10.

 

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Family Summer Party

EMPLOYEE BARBECUE IN RELAXED ATMOSPHERE

EMPLOYEE BARBECUE IN RELAXED ATMOSPHERE

Our barbecue-event took place in the middle of June on the company premises for all employees and family members. Through the numerous game attractions it was very sporty with us.

Great live music and perfectly grilled meats, fish and tasty veggies also made for a good atmosphere.

Warm temperatures, delicious BBQ, a relaxed atmosphere and a great team make up a completely successful Party.

 

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INFORMATIONS FOR OUR DISTRIBUTORS

THE NEXT PRESS GENERATION - EUROPRESS EP

INFORMATION EXCHANGE FROM OUR DISTRIBUTORS

We have invited our international and German-speaking distribution partners to present our new EUROPRESS EP series in our house.

The program included a comprehensive introduction to the new equipment and options variety of the new press generation EP1, EP2 and EP3.
In addition, we passed on many important information about our grape processing systems, such as destemmers, selection tables, whole-cluster conveyor belts with crusher, roller sorters, optical sorting machines, etc. to our partners.

We would like to thank our distribution-partners for their visit and their interest!

 

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Vinorus Vinotech Krasnodar 2019

International trade fair for wine - Vinorus Vinotech Krasnodar

2019 edition of Vinorus Vinotech was held in Krasnodar started on 16th until 18th April. The international trade fair for wine, beverage, technology, raw materials and wine-making equipment was a 3 day event.

We would like to thank our dealer for the beautiful stand.
And thanks all the participants and audience for their interest and positive Feedback!

 

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Showtime in the USA

Eastern Winery Exposition, Syracuse USA

Our distributor Euro-Machines is always present at the most important trade shows!

The Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE) in Syracuse, in the heart of the state of New York, is a main contact point for wine experts in the Eastern United States, traveling countless miles for exhibited innovations, workshops and conferences.
Thanks for your visit.

 

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VINARIA Plovdiv wine festival

International trade fair for winery in Bulgaria

VINARIA Plovdiv wine festival

In the early morning hours, the booth of our Bulgarian distributor Acrux Investments AD was still on its quiet yet beautiful side. On a total of five days ( 20.02. - 24.02.2019) of the event, visitors were able to get an overview of the product range at this year's VINARIA trade fair in Plovdiv.
Thanks for your visit.

 

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SERVICE IN DOWN UNDER - AUSTRALIA

In January, our technicians did customer service in southern Australia

In January, our technicians did customer service in southern Australia:
The Europress S150 presses (dual system / 15,000 liters) were commissioned directly from the overseas container in receipt and at the respective wineries in the King Valley (northeast of Victoria).
In addition, several presses (Europress T250, T60) were set up in the beautiful wine-growing region Barossa Valley (about 70 km northeast of Adelaide).
In the midst of the heat record and the tight workload, great pictures were taken.

 

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Unified Symposium in Sacramento - California

Trade show Unified Symposium

The trade show "Unified Symposium" tooks place in Sacramento, California. The friendly team of our American dealer Euro-Machines introduced our new machines.

 

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SILVER AWARD - HUMIDITY CONTROL

INNOVATION RECEIVES HIGH AWARENESS ON THE BASIS OF INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA

Impressions from the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018

Our participation in the innovation competition was highly honored on the occasion of the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018: The "HUMIDITY CONTROL" residual humidity measurement honored the expert jury with a SILVER award in the category "Processing and Process Control". 

The residual humidity measurement values are digitally and precisely collected inside the press drum via a special sensor. The current value is displayed on the large touch display of the press control system at the end of each pressure stage and can be assessed directly thereafter.
The intelligent pre-processing of the measurement values allows the user to set the residual humidity degree at which either a must separation or a pressing program end should be carried out. 

Our managing director Rudolf Fischer received the Silver Award with pleasure. This was presented following the opening of the INTERVITIS by the President of the German Winegrowing Association (DWV) Klaus Schneider, as well as the German Wine Queen Carolin Klöckner. 

We are very proud to say thank you and pass on this great award to all our employees whose untiring dedication is the basis for this success.

 

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REVIEW INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018

WE SAY THANK YOU ...

Impressions from the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018

... FOR YOUR VISIT AT INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018 in Stuttgart. 

On almost 400 m², we presented our machines for the fields of grape harvester, grape presses and systems for gentle processing for three days from 4th to 6th November. Special attention was paid to our new press EUROPRESS EP2 - as a closed press system with advanced equipment and numerous innovative options. Visitors could make themselves a picture on the catwalk of the large EP2 - 65 hl.  

The many discussions as well as the exchange and the positive response of our interested guests have made us very happy - Thank you very much! 

 

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

A Europress P100 on the road through the US state of Oregon

A Europress P100 on the road through the US state of Oregon

On the road is a Europress P100 (10,000 litres) through the US state of Oregon.
Two American trucks are ready to hand over the Europress. The second truck takes over the transport directly to the customer.

 

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THE NEW EUROPRESS-EDTION IN THE WINERY DREISSIGACKER

WELL-POSITIONED FOR THE FUTURE

new grape presses Europress in the winery dreissigacker, germany

Last year, the new winery Jochen Dreissigacker in Bechtheim in the middle of the Rheinhessen countryside was impressively implemented. The new building offers plenty of space and advanced technical equipment, which should make the daily work of winemakers much easier. The design also ensures optimum room temperature in the storage rooms. Selected or ecologically sustainable materials and equipment determine the impression of the rooms.

During the construction of the new winery, our machines were also delivered:

1 x grape press Europress T 150 (15.000 l) with the following special equipment:
• two large pneumatic drum openings with sealed doors
• Frequency-controlled drive motor for gentle grape must processing
• new generation Easy-Clean juice channels in removable design
• electropolished channel design
• Mobile connection to the Smartphone
• intelligent pressing program control OPTI Drain
• Level control of the juice tray


NEW EUROPRESS-EDITION

2 x grape presses Europress-Edition Tc52 (5.200 l) with the features:
• Cool Isolated ™: cooling jacket with full insulation
• Cool T-CONTROL ™: program start after preselected mash temperature
• OPTI Drain ™: Intelligent press program control
• The Easy-Clean juice channels in folding and demountable versions are also used here, as well as a mobile connection to the Smartphone Mobil Connect ™ and the level control of the juice tray.

In addition, a complete catwalk system with staircase in stainless steel was mounted. A slidable hopper-system including the separately placeable crusher TM 700 is used to feed and fill the presses with large boxes.

We congratulate the winery Dreissigacker for the forthcoming opening in May and wish for the following years much success combined with excellent wines.
 

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Viticulture Viniculture in Budapest

SZOLÉSZET és PINCÉSZET

Viticulture Viniculture exhibition in Budapest

... is the name of the annual Hungarian Viticulture & viniculture exhibition in Budapest.
At the end of January the visitors were able to see the grape press Europress T24 cool and the destemmer AS10 with roller sorter and squeezer at the booth of our distributor Új Vinoservice Kft.
 

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We mourn for Bernd Scharfenberger

We mourn for Bernd Scharfenberger

We mourn the death of our founder and managing director

BERND SCHARFENBERGER

His struggle against a brief, severe illness has come to an end.
Until shortly before his death he devoted his considerable energy, great knowledge, and enormous understanding of human nature to the continuing development of his company.

With far-sightedness, skill and sheer ability combined with great commitment, he transformed the family’s small workshop in Wachenheim into a successful enterprise active throughout the world.

All who worked with him will remember with gratitude his openness and humanity.
We will hold the deceased in honoured Memory.


 

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obituary - Eberhard Grade

obituary - Eberhard Grade

We learnt with great sorrow the sad news that our long-standing colleague and employee,

EBERHARD GRADE

died on 27.06.2017 at the age of 59 years. Mr. Grade worked for our company for 25 years, the greater part of that time as foreman of Final Assembly - Presses. With his death we have lost a loyal and conscientious master craftsman, and a greatly respected and valued colleague and friend.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to his family. We will retain many fond memories of Mr. Grade.


 

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EXPANSION WINERY TECHNOLOGY

EXPANSION WINERY TECHNOLOGY

One of the planned projects this year is the expansion of the grape processing plant at the Weingut Reiterer in Wies, Austria:

The photos show currently 5 grape-presses EUROPRESS T60 (6000 Ltr.) Tank presses with fully automatic cleaning system for inside draining channels - two more presses will be added this year. Furthermore the winery in the beautiful West Styria will receive a second grape selection line - among other things, with vibrating sorting table model VS 3,6 and destemmer Euroselect for gentle transport, destemming and selecting of Grapes.

 

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The new EUROPRESS-edition

A HIGH DEGREE OF EXPERIENCE AND INNOVATION SET NEW STANDARDS IN QUALITY

INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2016 in Stuttgart

The German company Scharfenberger Maschinenbau presented at the fair Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica 2016 in Stuttgart/Germany the new EUROPRESS-edition. Progressive innovations which wants to further simplify the processes for wine production and save time-, energy- und operating costs.

The EUROPRESS-edition has been equipped with advanced features that ensure greater efficiency in energy and personnel costs while maintaining exceptional quality in press results.

Two major further developments Inert-Protect™ ECO and Cool-T-control™ were awarded as an excellent innovation by the German Viticulture Association at the Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica 2016 in the "Processing and Process Control" division.

Users are enabled to overlay the pressing drum (when the pressing system is closed) efficiently and economically with inert gas, by means of the innovative ‘Function’ Inert-Protect™ ECO. Longer mash maceration times are thus made possible as well as entire pressing cycles, to the exclusion of oxygen from the ambient air.

Cool-T-control™ enables the operative to preselect any required temperature for the grapes or grape mash for onward processing, by means of the “Scharfenberger Company COOL Version” tank press equipment with cooling jacket. Dependent on the initial temperature of the grapes or grape mash, the press program will be started-up on a controlled basis, after obtaining the required- or preselected -temperature.

The innovations of the ‘Scharfenberger Maschinenbau’ are shown in the latest generation of Juice Channels: The EasyClean-Channel™ System combines the benefits of a folding- and coupling mechanism.The hygienic and long service-life channel of stainless steel manufacture can be folded away via a rapid coupling facility and remains in the pressing basket for cleansing purposes. In cases of intensive cycle routines the Juice Channel can be disassembled rapidly and removed, without the necessity of using tools.

The international leading manufacturer has developed a new generation of cooling jackets for closed Pressing Systems (Modell T) with its Cool Isolated™ System. Quite apart from the very thin selected cooling pocket on the pressing drum, the whole assembly of the double jacket is encased in an efficient insulation layer from the exterior. The new generation of cooling jackets – the Cooling Isolated™ – System makes it possible, for practically 90% of the refrigerating energy to be applied to the pressing basket.

The grape- or grape mash press version OPTI JUICE™ has a number of sensors available as well as measuring facilities in the pressing drum and/or in the grape mash- and grape juice -areas, which enable the operative to conduct the grape- and grape mash -routines according to quite specific criterions, and/or to obtain information on the grape- mash and -grape juice, which is relevant for quality and the pressing process.

 

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modern and forward-looking

Renewal of the acceptance line – the Vollmer Vineyard in Ellerstadt

Renewal of the acceptance line – the Vollmer Vineyard in Ellerstadt

The innovative impetus to achieve exceptional results inspired Mr Heinrich Vollmer – who is a passionate enthusiast for both mountaineering and the cultivation of specialist wines – to completely modernise his Palatinate vineyard in Ellerstadt.

With 140 hectares, the family business is one of the biggest privately-owned vineyards in Germany. As longstanding partners, we implemented its requirements and objectives, resulting in a modern and fully automatic acceptance line. The collection tub has a capacity of 15,000 l and is suitable for both harvesters and grape trailers.

GENTLE WINE MAKING
The extensive wine cellar is home to three of our biggest EUROPRESS 320 T grape presses (capacity of the pressing basket = 32,000 l) for differing varieties and qualities of grape. In addition to a cooling jacket, the presses were also equipped with special options, such as a fully automatic cleaning system and our latest innovation, Cool T Control ™, which enables the operator to preselect a specific grape or must temperature for the further processing.

Due to the special arrangement of the three presses, they can be filled directly without pumping with a large-scale rotating screw. All of the elements in the scope of the transportation of the grapes are controlled by a frequency inverter so that their gentle transportation is ensured.
For the eventual disposal of the grape marc, a total of 45 m grape marc screws with a diameter of 400 mm were installed.

The complete system went into operation in time for the beginning of autumn on 16th September 2016. With the conversion work, Mr Vollmer has secured the future of his vineyard – including the approaching change of generation to his daughter, who is set to assume management of the vineyard after completing her studies in viniculture in Geisenheim.

 

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Training sessions for our distributors in April

Technical know-how goes worldwide

Training sessions for our dealers in April

- What are the most important things when maintaining and servicing grape presses?
- How do you repair or change a membrane?
- How can control programs be uploaded to older control panels?

We answered these and many other questions concerning the EUROPRESS during the dealer training sessions in our works. From 12th.- 14th. April 2016 our English-speaking distributors from Great Britain, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Australia and Japan were given all necessary information and certifications to be able to react quickly and accurately to customers' enquiries.

Our guests took great interest in the explanations offered by our technicians, Karl Kauk and Harald Stumpfs, who covered mechanical aspects of the Europress. Besides the theory, there were detailed insights into the equipment options of the Europress. There was emphasis on the drive and pneumatics of the membrane press including the care and maintenance of individual components.

Mr. Blum, manager of control systems assembly, gave an overview of the internals of a control cabinet and explained the digital display of the control system. Here too the participants received comprehensive information about the various digital sub-assemblies.

On a tour of our works, the distributors gained an impression of the production and logistics departments at work. The third day was devoted to fascinating visits to local vineyards and wineries. Our thanks here to the teams at WG Wachenheim, Weingut Bassermann Jordan in Deidesheim, and to Weingut am Nil in Kallstadt.

It was evident that our dealers really enjoyed the extensive programme and took great interest in the grape-processing machines and their Technologies.

 

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OPTICAL SORTING

Premium Quality with Scharfenberger’s Optical Grape Sorting

Farewell at the start of well-earned retirement
optical grape sorting by Scharfenberger

Gentle handling of the harvest combined with optimum preparation and sorting are important factors for the best possible grape quality.  Healthy and absolutely ripe berries are the basis for producing outstanding wines. This makes fully automatic grape sorting ever more significant, particularly in the light of climate change and the associated increased risk of rotting.

Over the years the wages of seasonal labourers have increased so that manual selection has become more and more expensive. It is here that optical sorting offers clear advantages; both the cost factor and the sorting results remain constant.

With its new optical sorting plant, Scharfenberger Maschinenbau offers vineyards and wine producers an efficient and cost-effective alternative to troublesome manual grape selection.
In this process the grape harvest to be sorted is rapidly analysed in free fall by HD cameras, and rotten and unripe berries together with any remaining foreign material are reliably removed with the aid of compressed air jets. Detection is on the basis of both visible colours and infrared. A chroma function enables steplessly adjustable colour detection from the surface to the centre of objects. Further processing of the images and the easy switching on and off of sorting criteria is carried out by highly efficient microprocessors. The throughput with four cameras is ca. 5 t/h.

The stainless steel frame of the optical sorter is easily adjustable for height and level. To separate the harvest the grapes are fed on to a fast-running conveyor belt made of food-safe plastic to spread them uniformly for the cameras. The speed of this belt is steplessly adjustable. Numerous inspection openings on the machine ensure good accessibility and make cleaning quick and easy.

 

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SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT OF PRESSES IN A TRIANGLE

special arrangement of presses in a triangle

This installation at 'Weingut Stadt Krems', Austria, was completed in good time for the start of the 2015 grape harvest.
The new grape plant was made up of a 7m long Scharfenberger whole-grape conveyor belt, three EUROPRESS T 52 grape presses, and three STHIK grape trailers.
For perfect charging and pomace disposal, the presses were ideally arranged in a triangle.

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A LOT OF ROOM FOR TECHNICAL COMPETENCE

We have made room: In March 2015 our Electronics department staff moved to new, modern rooms. The larger, brighter environment offers our employees in this department, seven at the moment, better possibilities for developing, programming, producing and testing control systems.

Six fully-equipped workplaces, a foreman’s office and two programming offices for four software developers have been created in an office area of 50 square metres and a workshop area of more than 150 square metres. A central, open store system provides material and spare parts for daily needs and is directly accessible to every technician.  The additional, automatic lean-lift shelf ensures further large storage capacity and the resulting prompt supply of machine parts.

Together with our motivated specialists and the new rooms, we are well equipped for the future and can offer our customers state -of-the-art products, know how, competent service and a supply of spare parts all under one Roof.

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