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Interko advances flagship ripening room

The engineering team at Interko have cut the energy consumption of its Ultimo rooms by a further 20 per cent, after launching the second generation of its revolutionary Reverso reversible fans, which are exclusive to Interko. Added to that, Ultimo’s design and technology has been cleverly adapted to enable the room to be used for pre-cooling fruit.

Further improvements will be made this year in line with Interko’s mission to offer high-quality, low-cost fruit ripening technology. Details about the next upgrades will be released in due course. In the meantime, any interested companies can book a free consultation with Interko either in person, remotely or during Fruit Logistica 2024.

Chris Maat, Interko’s Managing Director/Partner, explains: “Energy efficiency remains a number one goal for fruit ripeners given the ongoing pressure on global energy prices. In response, we have re-engineered our Reverso fan technology, so these fans use even less electricity than before. This reduces daily running costs by 20 per cent, as reported by our customers and confirmed by third-party testing.”

“Also, our upgraded Reverso fans can now automatically detect reduced loads of fruit within the ripening room. This means that individual fans can be switched off, and, crucially, this will not impact on the airflow to the remaining boxes of fruit. In short, ripeners now have more flexibility and even lower energy consumption which will help to reduce bills considerably.”

Why Ultimo is different
Ultimo has is a ripening solution for bananas, avocados, and mangoes. In the past 12 months, Interko has sold a large number of Ultimo rooms worldwide, and already this year’s orders are coming in fast for the durable, flexible system.

The key differentiator is its unique airflow which ripens large volumes of fruit to the same desired level of maturity. The room can be installed as a single, double, or triple-tier format, and accommodate various pallet sizes, making Ultimo ideal for small to large operators anywhere in the world.

“Ultimo’s unique design, with one Reverso fan per pair of pallets, creates an equal flow of air moving laterally, rather than longitudinally, across the room. This ensures that all fruit is ripened evenly throughout the room and that the air loss is minimal. Having less free air within the room helps to control the ripening environment and to reduce the energy consumption.

“Talking to our customers, like Fyffes, they cannot see any other ripening room that beats Ultimo. 99% of our competitors use a longitudinal airflow in their ripening rooms which makes a significant difference in performance. Ultimo is fundamentally different, which is why it is more effective at ripening, results in better fruit quality, and lower energy bills.”

Interko will be in Hall 1.2, Stand D-40.

For more information:
Chris Maat/Anna Zegveld
Tel: +31 (0)79 593 2581

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