State-of-the-art acidification unit

State-of-the-art acidification unit


Acmon Systems, a member of the Acmon Group, has successfully completed the new state-of-the-art "TOP" vinegar production unit of the company "Minerva SA" of "Oil and Food Enterprises".

Acmon Systems, a member of the Acmon Group, has successfully completed the new state-of-the-art "TOP" vinegar production unit of the company "Minerva SA" of "Oil and Food Enterprises" in Schimatari. A fully automated production unit from the initial wine collection to the delivery of vinegar for packaging, with a production capacity of 3000 tons per year, designed in accordance with the highest standards of hygiene and food safety.

Using the most modern technological production and packaging methods, the unit is ranked among the best in Europe, being a representative model of INDUSTRY 4.0 with an automation system which was implemented on the TIA Portal platform of Siemens with the PLC series, S7-300 which will now entirely take over the automation of the new production line.

Specifically, a whole series of stainless steel tanks with a storage capacity of 200 cubic meters was designed for the collection of wine as well as many smaller ones for the assortment and storage of mustard, apple cider vinegar, rosewood as well as semi-finished thick vinegar, etc. Appropriate equipment has been added at all stages of processing, for denaturation, acidification, pasteurization, clarification, dilution and mixing as well as for the production of special products such as Balsamic.


The monitoring of all vital parameters of the production is carried out either from a specific control point or from any point and depending whether the operator is inside or outside the factory, thus providing the possibility of operation in a real-time environment, flexible and adaptable, ensuring the orderly operation of the unit, 24 hours / 7 days a week 52 weeks potentially per year.

In a statement, the Managing Director of Minerva Olive Oil, Mrs. Chrysanthi Bonou stated "This is a venture that conforms the investment strategy of Minerva, for continuous development with respect for humans and the environment. The transfer to Schimatari and the complete modernization of the TOP unit is appropriate and confirms the leading position of our products in the market, with shares that exceed 30%. At the same time, it gives us significant opportunities both to expand our production capacity and to create new innovative products and contributes to our further development in the domestic and international market.”

Through the advanced prescription system of Acmon Data, a member of the Acmon Group, that is implemented on the Trace Pro software platform, the unit has a complete raw material traceability system, monitoring and recording batches throughout the production process.

Commenting on the new unit, the General Manager of Acmon Systems, Mr. Kyriakos Metaxas, stated: "The state-of-the-art Minerva Unit is a benchmark for Acmon Systems as a standard project in terms of design, construction and automation for both the Greek and International Markets. Remaining committed to providing high quality services, Acmon Systems proves once again that it is at the forefront of technological advances, offering a thorough and comprehensive approach to its partners, applying the strictest standards of quality, hygiene and safety that every factory must comply with."

In his statements, Mr. George Kakogiannis, Technical Manager of Minerva SA, stated about Acmon systems: "With Acmon Systems we been working closely since the first day of the Project. It was demanding work, both in terms of timing and quality of deliverables. The collaboration resulted in the creation of an automated plant for the production of vinegar and flavours, with high standards of quality and safety. Through the TracePro prescription software we have traceability of raw materials and processing materials, while the detailed design of the process led to an increase in the daily output and a reduction in production costs. The contribution of Acmon Systems with their knowledge in achieving our goals was crucial. Our new vinegar production unit fully serves the company's development plan, both for the Greek and the international market.


Acmon Systems in a few words

Acmon Systems is an engineering company with a fully organized construction department, fully certified with regards to the quality system ISO 9001, which provides Industrial Solutions with a substantial amount of experience over 27 years. Acmon Systems designs, develops, and offers reliable systems that meet the requirements of its customers for the delivery of complete turnkey projects, providing full technical support and after-sales service.


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