The company will demonstrate its Field Potato Sorter (FPS) and display its Halo optical sorter at Agritechnica, which takes place from November 12 - 16 at the Exhibition Grounds in Hanover, Germany. Preview days take place on November 10 and 11 and the Tomra systems can be found in hall 21 at stand C18.
Jim Frost, market unit manager, whole products, Tomra Sorting Solutions,
will be attending the event. He said: "We're looking forward greatly to being at Agritechnica and demonstrating our unrivaled whole product sorting capabilities for a
wide range of fruits and vegetables, including potatoes, carrots and cucumbers."
Field potato Sorter
Tomra introduces the first successful high throughput optical sorting
solution in the industry for unwashed potatoes. The FPS enables growers,
processors and packer companies to lower labour and potato storage costs
significantly while raising product quality and yield.
Utilising unique biometric signature identification (BSI) technology, the machine can be used for different varieties and sizes of unwashed potato while processors can use measurements the FPS makes and records, with its predictive analysis, to optimize procedures within their operations.
Mr Frost said: "The FPS is replacing hard-to-find manpower needed to
clean the product stream going into and out of potato storage. The
robust, waterproof and user-friendly machine is compact and available in
various widths to fit all specific capacities up to 70,000 kilos an
hour. 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."
The Halo provides high-performance sorting and grading for quality, size
and food safety. Mr Frost said: "Combining intelligence with advanced controls, the
long-life, compact Halo sorter provides sort flexibility and accuracy.
Using top and bottom sensor banks to view each object in-flight, the
machine deploys a combination of pulsed VIS/NIR light-emitting diode,
with high resolution detector cameras, to perform targeted spectroscopy
with 1mm precision.
Halo optical sorter
"The highly advanced Halo system views and analyses visible features -
such as colors, shapes, blemishes, foreign materials and difficult-to-see defects in product composition - to produce a highly accurate, flexible and controllable sort."
Benefits of the Halo system include: significant labor cost reductions, averaging 80 per cent; yield increases of up to four per cent; low operational costs; and fast return on investment.
Fresh pack Halo applications include: salad, small, main crop, large,
sweet and russet potatoes; carrots; parsnips; onions; tomatoes; pickle
cucumber; and Brussels sprouts. Processor applications include: peeled
and unpeeled potatoes; carrots; peach and pear halves; tomatoes; green
beans; onions; apricots; and citrus fruits, such as oranges and
For more information:
Tomra Sorting Solutions
Tel: +44 0113 394 4680
Tomra Sorting Solutions
Tel: +44 0113 394 4582