Tomra Food has unveiled its new organizational structure, showcased its sorting, grading, and packing solutions, and launched three new AI-powered sorting and grading solutions.
The Tomra Food leadership team
The announcements were made at the Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany, by Harald Henriksen, Executive Vice President and Head of Tomra Food, and Karel Strubbe, EMEA Regional Director of Tomra Food. Sebastian Stoof, Tomra Food’s Vice President, Head of Customer Value, gave a presentation on the event’s Tech-Stage about the new Artificial Intelligence sorting and grading evolution in the food industry.
Closer to the customer with the new organizational structure
The company’s new structure creates a more agile and responsive organization, closer to its customers, with greater capacity for innovating and bringing effective solutions to the market. To this end, it is adopting a new, regional structure consisting of three areas: EMEA, Americas, and APAC. Within each area, it is merging its Tomra Processed Food and Tomra Fresh Food business areas into one Tomra Food team. The final element of the new structure is the creation of a new central hub that brings together R&D, product development and operations, increasing Tomra Food’s operational efficiency and innovation speed.
Henriksen explained: “Throughout its history, Tomra Food has shown its ability to adapt and innovate to provide the solutions our customers really need. That’s what we are doing with our new organization, which will benefit them in different ways. The regional approach will allow us to operate as a local partner, having a more direct dialogue with our customers and responding swiftly to their very diverse needs. Unifying our two business areas into one Tomra Food team means that we can capitalize on the best practices from each to work more effectively and deliver top-tier solutions and services."
The company shared a stand with the Italian manufacturer of fruit handling, processing, and packaging equipment, ICOEL.
New sorting and grading solutions leverage the power of AI
Tomra Food launched three solutions that demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence is changing food processing. TomraNeon, a new blueberry pre-grader that uses AI modelling to detect clusters with unrivalled accuracy.
Also introduced was the new-generation Spectrim X grading platform featuring its LUCAi® Deep Learning technology for apples. This intelligent optical sorting and grading solution, equipped with LUCAi® Engine Software, computing hardware, and pre-trained models meets customers’ demand for greater productivity with unparalleled grading precision, higher yields, minimal fruit loss and reduced operational costs.
They also unveiled Tomra LUCAi® for its InVision2 grading platform for cherries. Tomras’ Deep Learning technology maximizes pack-out results and minimizes fruit loss. It detects with extreme accuracy edge cracks, pacman cherries (half cherries), open sutures, cosmetic blemishes and stem pulls, and ensures improved spur detection and cracks and defects around the stem.
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