Although the Elisam sorting machines have mainly been on the rise in top fruit, onions and citrus in recent years, the first machine Erwin Bakker sold in 2011 was an optical sorting machines for dates. It wasn't an unnecessary luxury item.
"We arrived at Datepac in Yuma (Arizona) where 11,000 people were manually determining the moisture levels of the dates by squeezing them. In the first test we managed 84% accuracy with optical sorting, which was already higher than manual selection. We showed the 'board of directors' this and they couldn't believe their eyes. Now we're well over 90%," says Erwin.
"A lot of other countries are now also showing interest. We can place an extra camera box on existing lines, but our own Elisam cup machines sort 15 dates per second on 1 gram accuracy. We have an advanced and innovative way to judge fruit varieties. Our TrueSort software is used by over 3,00 sorters all over the world. At Ellips we have a passion for optical technology. With our software and hardware we get the best out of the sorting machine," concludes Erwin.