Since 2011, the Austrian company Insort has been developing sorting
machines for various foodstuﬀs (potatoes, berries, almonds, nuts…), which recognise foreign substances using Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) and remove them from the production process at high speed. The machines are being used by well-known production companies around the globe.
At Interpom 2018, which takes place from 25 October in Kortrijk (Belgium), Insort is presenting a completely new generation: the Sherlock Hybrid is the first end of the line sorting machine from Insort for frozen chips with a previously unaccomplished level of foreign substance certainty and the widest range of functionality.
The Sherlock Hybrid combines the proven Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) with high definition RGB camera technology. The completely newly developed software platform allows for the merging of data from multiple sensors (Multi sensor fusion).
In addition, the Sherlock Hybrid oﬀers 3-way sorting through a combination of air and dropgate rejection (Multi reject fusion ). The ultra-fast air jets enable a precise yield and careful expulsion of product defects and short pieces, while the “Safeguard Dropgates” ensure the rejection of any foreign substances regardless of their size or shape such as wood, metal, glass, plastic or product-specific foreign substances.
Thanks to the high information density of the Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®), in combination with the high definition RGB cameras, the system can make the best possible decision as to whether unwanted objects should be expelled using air to protect the yield, or using the drop gates optimised for food safety.
In addition, the Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) allows quantitative chemical analytic data to be collected inline and in real time, such as the output of the dry matter value of the product stream, and thereby saves time-consuming laboratory analysis for quality control. In combination with data concerning the lengths and colour defects in the product stream, the Sherlock Hybrid represents an important contribution to modern Industry 4.0 production processes.
“With the Sherlock Hybrid, Insort is able to provide the chips industry with a new and previously unseen path to quality assurance at the highest level of food safety and with maximised yields”, says Matthias Jeindl, CEO and founder of Insort GmbH.
Carlo Mylle, co-owner of the Belgian family business and manufacturer of potato specialities Mydibel, is one of the frst buyers. He says: “The investment in the Sherlock Hybrid has quickly proven itself to be justified and forward-looking. In particular, the foreign substance certainty of the CIT® camera module is unrivalled in the industry.”