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Leading provider ready for western world’s largest fresh produce industry event

Tomra to highlight Halo 500 Optical Sorter at PMA Fresh Summit

TOMRA Sorting is set to showcase its Halo 500 three-way optical sorter at the largest trade conference and expo in the western world for the fresh produce industry, PMA Fresh Summit.

The company will be providing more information about the sorter and its other state-of-the-art sorting solutions and innovations to attendees at PMA Fresh Summit 2014. This takes place in the Anaheim Convention Centre, in Anaheim, California, from October 17 to 19. TOMRA representatives will be available at Booth 1110.

Delivering high performance sorting and grading, based on quality, size and food safety, the Halo combines intelligence with advanced control, to supply flexibility and accuracy in a reliable, long-life, compact machine. 

Providing high performance across of a wide range of foods, the Halo views and analyses features such as colours, shapes, blemishes, foreign materials and hard-to-see defects, producing a highly accurate sort.

Significant customer benefits

Jim Frost, market unit manager, TOMRA Sorting Solutions, explained: “The machine performs targeted spectroscopy with 1mm precision. Offering high capacity, low maintenance, flexibility, gentle handling and consistent accuracy, the sorter provides quality control and feedback via an intuitive touch screen. 

“The Halo includes significant benefits for customers: large labour cost reductions, averaging 80 per cent upwards; yield increases of up to four per cent; low operational costs; up to 25 per cent faster throughput; improved product quality; a faster pack; and speedy return on investment.”

Mr Frost says the Halo highlights that TOMRA Sorting has a clear advantage over competitors in delivering fresh pack food safety.

He says: “Thanks to their precision spectroscopy and intelligent rejection systems, our sorters are highly efficient in detecting and removing foreign bodies from whole product streams.” 

Fresh pack Halo applications include: all sizes and varieties of potatoes; carrots; parsnips; onions; garlic; tomatoes; and cucumbers. Processor applications include: peeled and unpeeled potatoes; carrots; peaches; pears; tomatoes; green beans, onions; apricots; and citrus fruits, such as oranges and mandarins.

Mr Frost says: “With 20,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors from over 60 countries, PMA Fresh Summit provides an outstanding opportunity for producers and processors to discover more about our latest systems, which help ensure maximum yield, quality and efficiency.”

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