Over 17,900 kilometres distance away from Lichtenwörth, in New Zealand, the first BoxFreezer for lamb has been put into operation by AAT-FREEZING at the end of January.
Both the great distance and the time difference of 11 hours presented a big challenge, but it was mastered with flying colours by all those involved. The start of this project was the result of a chain of fortuitous circumstances. In August 2018, Martin Kink (Branch Manager, AAT-FREEZING) took a phone call during the tour of a BoxFreezer in Spain. Mr. W. from Active Refrigeration, who originated from Tyrol but had immigrated to New Zealand, urgently needed assistance as their carton freezer supplier was unable to complete a project.
On the recommendation of a fellow Tyrolean, at the ATP engineering planning offices, who worked with AAT at Marcher Fleischwerke in Carinthia, everything just clicked into place. One and a half years later, the BoxFreezer is now successfully in operation to the complete satisfaction of the customer. Project manager Thomas Toth and Programmer Michaels Wels from BT-Anlagenbau flew to the installation site in New Zealand for three weeks before final project acceptance. The two young engineers dealt with all outstanding issues in a professional manner, even on the other side of the world, so that there was nothing to hinder a smooth hand-over. The customer is extremely satisfied with the service provided and has already recommended AAT-FREEZING further. The BoxFreezer has camera monitoring and other Industry 4.0 features. It now freezes over eight tonnes of lamb during a 16 hour day.