Key Technology has introduced the VERYX® belt-fed digital sorters. According to the company, VERYX is the world’s only belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors that are designed to detect and eliminate foreign material, adding that the new machine can be changed over to handle a new product very quickly.
“Worldwide, many vegetable processors typically handle three or more seasonal products throughout the year to fully utilize their factories. In Europe, they might handle as many as 30 seasonal products. In these high changeover environments, processors need more production flexibility. With a multitude of successful VERYX installations, our recipe-driven operation is field proven to help customers achieve consistent sort performance,” said Karel Van Velthoven, Advanced Inspection Systems Product Marketing Manager at Key. “Our expertise in vegetable sorting enables us to develop the most effective recipes. With a couple of taps on the touchscreen, an operator can retrieve a recipe saved to memory and accurately set VERYX to handle the next product.”
Key said it can also tailor each VERYX with the necessary sensors, lighting, software and other equipment for different uses, including for processors of both canned and frozen vegetables. It is able to detect color, size, shape and structural properties of every object, while removing insects, animal parts, paperboard, wood, rocks, and other foreign matter. VERYX comes in different sizes to satisfy different production capacity requirements.
VERYX uses Key’s Information Analytics software, which the company says allows users to analyze and share big data across their enterprise via an OPCUA-compliant infrastructure at the same time they sort. Data about the sort process and about each and every object flowing through the sorter, whether the data is used to make sort decisions or not, is available to reveal patterns, trends and associations. Key says this data can help a processor better manage incoming raw materials and optimize processes upstream and downstream of the sorter to achieve the next level in operational efficiency.