Optical sorting is one of the most important stages in preparing fruit and vegetables for sale. High-quality sorting procedures enable producers to sort their products by various characteristics: weight, size, color, etc. It helps ensure that the packaging of vegetables, fruit and berries is in accordance with the selected characteristics, which is extremely important for further sale or processing.
The physical properties of raw materials are very important and sometimes play a decisive role in vegetable mechanization and fruit processing. Products sold on the fresh market require post-harvest processing, such as sorting fresh blueberries or cherries, which helps to extend the shelf life. The program allows to classify products by size, color, form and defects.
Experts say that sorting and packaging are necessary conditions for export-oriented production. Natalia Zelenskaya, business development manager at Tolsma Technik, claims that such a popular berry as blueberry is now exported to Asian countries only when sorted and packaged. Ukrainian chains also prefer sorted and packaged goods on their shelves.
“This is absolutely logical – goods that are displayed in bulk spoil faster, especially if the product has not been sorted by quality – a box of berries can spoil because of just a few rotten berries in it,” Natalia Zelenskaya told east-fruit.com.
Cherry Class and Berry Class sorting lines from Elifab Solutions offered by Tolsma Technik are very compact, occupying the smallest possible space in the facility compared to other machines and significantly reducing the cost of cooling the facility and maintaining the temperature.