Potatoes in Canada

New sorting machines from Tomra

April 1, 2014, Vancouver – Tomra will provide information on two sorting machines for potato growers and processors this week at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Annual Convention and Trade Show in West Vancouver. 

"The Halo provides high performance sorting and grading, based on factors such as detailed size, geometry and shape; subtle blemishes, colors and defects; damage; and foreign material," according to a company press release. The company says benefits of the machine for users include labour reductions of up to 80 per cent, increases in throughput and yield as high as 25 per cent and four per cent respectively, a faster pack, low operational costs and improved product quality. Halo applications for processors include skin or peeled potatoes, and fresh and pack applications include small, large, russet, sweet and main crop potatoes.

The Field Potato Sorter (FPS) is meant to enable growers, processors and packer companies to lower labour and potato storage costs, while raising product quality and yield.

Utilizing biometric signature identification (BSI) technology, the FPS provides a multi-spectral representation of the visible and near infrared (NIR) spectral zones, which allows it to analyse and identify organic characteristics and compositions of all objects. It can distinguish dirt clods, stones, foreign material and rotten potatoes, even those with substantial soil covering, the company says. The machine can be used for different varieties and sizes of unwashed potato. The sorting machine is compatible with other potato grading equipment, but can also be used on its own to sort harvested potatoes, before or after storage, according to the press release.

For more information visit www.tomra.com/food

April 1, 2014  By Potatoes in Canada

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