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New Tomra potato sorter removes 98% of foreign objects

Worldwide demand for potato products is continuing to grow, and to meet this demand TOMRA Sorting Food is launching an enhanced sorting solution which they claim removes more than 98 percent of all typical foreign objects found in product streams after washing and peeling. 

The global provider of food sorting systems has evolved its TOMRA 5A sorter to enable processors to gain more commercial benefit from an international potato processing market predicted to grow from US$22.74bn in 2016 to US$30.85bn by 2022 (according to Potato Processing Market – Global Forecast to 2022 by MarketsandMarkets). 

The sorting machine uses top and bottom sensor banks to view each individual object ‘in flight’. Its unique combination of pulsed LED, camera, NIR (Near InfraRed) and analysis techniques achieves stable, foreign object detection with 1mm precision. 

The sorter also contains the company’s Smart rejection technology to significantly increase the range of foreign objects that can be removed, leading to the more than 98 percent removal rate. These include heavy and floating stones, corn cobs and roots, wood, glass, plastics, golf balls and metals as well as many others. 

This technology also ensures the food safety of the whole potato along the entire processing line. In addition, it dramatically reduces the risk of foreign objects damaging cutting equipment or otherwise contributing to a line stoppage. 

Jim Frost, TOMRA Sorting Food product manager:

“With food safety standards rightly continuing to rise, and food waste still a significant global issue, our response in the shape of the evolved TOMRA 5A lets potato processors address those factors and gain the best possible return from the anticipated growth of the market.”

For more information:
TOMRA Sorting Food

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