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The Gala of the International Quality Awards for Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOOLEUM Awards

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In a scenario and in a campaign as atypical as the current ones, what is differentiating you from the rest of the companies in your segment?

In the 35 years that I have been in this sector, I do not remember a campaign as atypical as that of 2022/23, in which the shortage of olives not only affected Spain, but also Portugal. A situation so generic that I hope it is exceptional, although we should not take this exception as the norm. For our part, and always looking out for the producers, we try at all costs to ensure that their equipment, no matter how many years they have been working, continues to operate at full capacity with the lowest possible expense. In this way, we collaborate with professionals in these times when their income has decreased. This has always been, and continues to be, our commitment to our clients. We have launched a new, more economical and compact packaging machine. Faced with these abnormal situations, we must adapt, without making sudden maneuvers that deviate us from the line that past time guides us.

What solutions and/or products are you offering producers to adapt to this situation?

For our part, we have launched a new, more economical and compact packaging machine. In addition, we have incorporated the ECO function to our packaging machine, which considerably reduces energy consumption. And finally, as we have always done, we continue to maintain free telephone technical service for all our customers.

Many producers are hopeful for the next campaign, hoping to return to the usual production figures and even surpass them due to the new olive grove that is entering in production . Do you share this opinion? What perception do you have of the short-term future?

Nature knows how to adapt and although it is expected that the next campaign will not be a production record, in many areas the situation will have normalized. On the other hand, I think it will be compensated by the exponential increase in production of the still young olive trees recently planted throughout the peninsula.

The Gala of the International Quality Awards for Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOOLEUM Awards, held on January 16, once again claimed itself as the great world festival of extra virgin and a well-deserved tribute to producers from around the world. The event was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, and prominent national and international producers from countries such as Italy, Brazil, Croatia, Lebanon, Israel and China. Now it is possible to immerse yourself in the event of the year thanks to the video that EVOOLEUM has released and which you can see below.

Vicente Carot, manager of AUTELEC, and Joaquin Reyes, olive oil ambassador.

Vicente Carot: “At AUTELEC we try to ensure that the equipment continues to operate at full capacity with the least possible expense”

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In this new interview to find out the opinion of the suppliers in the sector we speak with Vicente Carot, manager of AUTELEC Technology.

In a scenario and in a campaign as atypical as the current ones, what is differentiating you from the rest of the companies in your segment?

In the 35 years that I have been in this sector, I do not remember a campaign as atypical as that of 2022/23, in which the shortage of olives not only affected Spain, but also Portugal. A situation so generic that I hope it is exceptional, although we should not take this exception as the norm. For our part, and always looking out for the producers, we try at all costs to ensure that their equipment, no matter how many years they have been working, continues to operate at full capacity with the lowest possible expense. In this way, we collaborate with professionals in these times when their income has decreased. This has always been, and continues to be, our commitment to our clients. We have launched a new, more economical and compact packaging machine. Faced with these abnormal situations, we must adapt, without making sudden maneuvers that deviate us from the line that past time guides us.

What solutions and/or products are you offering producers to adapt to this situation?

For our part, we have launched a new, more economical and compact packaging machine. In addition, we have incorporated the ECO function to our packaging machine, which considerably reduces energy consumption. And finally, as we have always done, we continue to maintain free telephone technical service for all our customers.

Many producers are hopeful for the next campaign, hoping to return to the usual production figures and even surpass them due to the new olive grove that is entering in production. Do you share this opinion? What perception do you have of the short-term future?

Nature knows how to adapt and although it is expected that the next campaign will not be a production record, in many areas the situation will have normalized. On the other hand, I think it will be compensated by the exponential increase in production of the still young olive trees recently planted throughout the peninsula.

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AUTELEC Technology: new solutions for new times

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With a long history in the electronics industry applied to the olive oil sector, AUTELEC Technology enjoys a well-deserved prestige thanks to the quality, innovation and reliability of its equipment , designed to last over time. This is the case of the DL-294 PLUS and DM-120 packaging machines, two of the main protagonists at the stand of the Valencian firm at the XXI Montoro Olive Fair.

Founded on November 20, 1979, AUTELEC Tecnología is a Spanish electronic engineering company dedicated to the design and manufacture of equipment and machinery specialized in the olive oil sector, in which it enjoys a well-deserved prestige thanks to the quality, innovation and reliability of its equipment. Located in the Valencian town of La Pobla de Vallbona, the company stands out for not having obsolete machines, since all of them have guaranteed spare parts and technical service. As stated by its manager and founding partner, Vicente Carot, “in a world where machines are designed to have a programmed useful life, we design them to last over time. And what is more ecological than a machine that fulfills its mission for more than 30 years with basic maintenance, thus not generating unnecessary waste?
More than three decades separate the first DL-290 packaging machine from the modern DL-294 PLUS, which throughout this time “has been modernizing and adapting to what our customers and friends demanded of us. The thousands of units sold and the fact that today all of them are in operation is a clear indicator of basic maintenance, thus not generating unnecessary waste?”
More than three decades separate the first DL-290 packaging machine from the modern DL-294 PLUS, which throughout this time “has been modernizing and adapting to what our clients and friends demanded of us. The thousands of units sold and the fact that today all of them are in operation is a clear indicator that our product is appreciated in this sector”, he points out proudly. The DL-294 PLUS weight packer allows you to accurately pack between 0.01 and 10 liters without the need for any adjustment thanks to its effective anti-drip system -which prevents the containers from getting dirty- and its weight dosing system -which corrects possible errors caused by different viscosities and temperatures- and with automatic and continuous adjustment, which allows checking the amount packed and making the appropriate corrections if necessary.

AUTELEC DM-120, the little sister

 

On the other hand, and to meet the growing demand for a smaller packaging machine by certain producers with more specific needs, in 2021 the DM-120 model was born, the sister small from the previous As explained by the manager of AUTELEC Tecnología, “more and more we find EVOO producers who are obtaining very high-quality oils and taking maximum care of their production, but in the end they find themselves filling their containers by hand. The DM-120 arrives to help these producers to package their product without having to make a large financial outlay.” The task was not easy and, after consulting with several clients, it was decided to provide the new packaging machine with the same functions and accuracy as the DL-294 PLUS, but with a lower production and a compact chassis. It is a very specific machine for packaging oils that stands out for its versatility, allowing the use of containers of different capacities (from 0.005 to 10 litres), shapes or materials (PET, glass, ceramic or can). Although the filling control is electronic by weight (by weight), the quantity to be packed can also be programmed in a few seconds, both in liters and in kilos. In this way, very high precisions are achieved that are impossible to achieve with other systems.Totally electric (220V) and with an approximate production of 230 l./hour, its exclusive anti-drip system improves precision and avoids the classic problem of dirty containers. Built in AISI 304 stainless steel, its installation is very simple, since it does not need compressed air or air tanks, its connection to the single-phase network and its connection by means of a flexible sanitary pipe to the supply tank being sufficient. It has a constant-speed, low-speed centrifugal pump with a stainless steel impeller and quick disassembly, as well as a flow shut-off solenoid valve and pipes in accordance with current regulations. For all these reasons, it is very suitable for small or medium-sized packers.

The new packaging machine was presented at the last edition of Expoliva, enjoying an excellent reception, which is why the company decided to start mass production. Like all the firm’s products, it is a living and constantly evolving machine whose manufacture has opted for national and European raw materials, and always with the highest quality, allowing, even in difficult times like the current where- Since most components are in short supply, the Valencian company continues to manufacture and provide the best service to its customers. The DM-120 packaging machine and its older sister, the DL-294 PLUS, will share the limelight at the AUTELEC Tecnología stand (9B) at the XXI Montoro Olive Tree Fair, a must-attend event that the company has attended uninterruptedly for years. 30 years -his first participation dates back to the VI edition, held in 1992- and to which he professes a special affection, “not only for reuniting with our clients and friends -concludes Vicente Carot-, but for the people and the town de Montoro, who has always behaved wonderfully with us, both inside and outside the Fair”

The DM-120 packaging machine is a living and constantly evolving machine whose manufacture has opted for national and European raw materials, always with the highest quality

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