December 14, 2023 – Key Technology (“Key”), a member of Duravant’s Food Sorting and Handling Solutions group, introduces RemoteMD® 2.0 remote support service for their optical sorting systems. RemoteMD enables Key service technicians to securely connect to a customer’s sorter for real-time remote monitoring as well as technical support. Now with 24/7 call center support and delivery of quarterly status reports, RemoteMD 2.0 helps optimize equipment performance to protect food safety and ensure product quality while increasing machine uptime and reducing service costs.
“The worldwide labor shortage has made technology experts difficult for food processors to hire and retain. With fewer skilled employees at our customers’ facilities, we’ve identified ways we can help fill the gaps. Leveraging RemoteMD, we can take many machine maintenance tasks off the customer’s plate and improve their ROI by minimizing repair time and costs and reducing the chance of product recalls,” said Jack Lee, Duravant Group President - Food Sorting and Handling Solutions. “When a food processor chooses a Key sorting system, we aren’t just providing them with a machine – we’re building a partnership that lasts the life of the system.”
Establishing a secure two-way remote connection, RemoteMD provides a Key service technician with detailed information about the system’s health and operating condition. The technician reviews the status of hardware and software and identifies potential improvements that can help the customer improve their system performance and uptime. When needed, RemoteMD facilitates the delivery and installation of software updates and patches.
If a customer needs technical support, RemoteMD reduces the likelihood an on-site service technician is required, since many issues can be diagnosed and corrected remotely by Key. If an in-person service visit is necessary, a remote system audit can speed resolution by providing information about the system’s health and identifying parts needed prior to the technician’s arrival. 24/7 call center support is available for troubleshooting urgent issues, while non-urgent issues are handled during regular business hours.
RemoteMD is available as a standalone service or as part of more comprehensive service packages. Customers who are operating their equipment only a few months of the year can choose a seasonal RemoteMD plan that’s active for the specific period. When customers bring new workers on board or want to deepen the skill set of current operators, RemoteMD enables interactive remote training courses on the sorting system.
RemoteMD is compatible with Key’s VERYX®, COMPASS®, OCULUS, Manta®, Optyx® and Tegra® optical sorting systems as well as the ADR® and ADR EXOS® automatic defect removal systems. It can be installed on new systems and retrofitted on equipment in the field. RemoteMD is compatible with multiple best-in-class connectivity solutions.
For more information on Key’s optical sorting systems, visit https://www.key.net/en/our-products/sorting/.
About Key Technology, Inc.
Key Technology is a global leader in the design and manufacture of automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors and other processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield and reduce cost. Key manufactures its products in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; Redmond, Oregon, USA; and in Beusichem, the Netherlands. Key offers customer demonstration and testing services at five locations including Walla Walla and Beusichem as well as Hasselt, Belgium; Sacramento, California, USA; and Melbourne, Australia; and maintains a sales and service office in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Key is a Duravant Company. For more information, visit www.key.net.
Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. For more information, visit www.duravant.com.