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TOMRA Sorting Food-Leading Provider of Sensor-Based Food Sorting Machines

TOMRA Sorting Food is part of TOMRA Sorting Solutions, a global sensor-based sorting systems pioneer in the recycling, mining and other industries. The company develops and utilizes a powerful combination of technologies across these industries with over 10,500 systems installed in 80 countries, improving efficiencies and yields around the world.

TOMRA Sorting Food

With more than 6,000 of its systems installed at food growers, packers and processors worldwide, TOMRA Sorting Food is a global market leader. The company provides high-performance optical sorters, peeling and process analytics systems for nuts, grains and seeds, dried fruits, potato products, fruits, vegetables, meat, tobacco, seafood and other markets. Its sorting machines reliably ensure optimal quality and yield, resulting in increased productivity, throughput and an effective use of resources.

Its distinct development of advanced technologies supported by excellent customer care to deliver increased yields, improved food safety and enhanced profitability is entirely unified across the company. This proposition sits at the heart of TOMRA Sorting Food and ensures the company continuously improves for the benefit of its customers.

"TOMRA Sorting Food offers sorting equipment for a multitude of food applications, from fresh whole products to processed food, from farm to fork."

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Sensor Technology

TOMRA Sorting Food's focus on research and development has enabled it to develop a range of innovative sorting machines which are able to detect and remove the smallest of defects and foreign material from processing lines. These technologies provide accurate data, flexibility and allow for differentiation in products helping to further minimize waste and boost profitability.

TOMRA Sorting Food's machines use a variety of sensors which go far beyond the common use of color cameras. Near Infra-Red (NIR) spectroscopy enables an analysis of the molecular structure of a product whilst x-rays, fluorescent lighting and lasers measure the elemental composition of objects. The internal composition and surface structure of objects can also be analyzed to determine good or bad produce, in turn, increasing both the volume and yield quality.

"TOMRA Sorting Food's machines are not only the most efficient way to sort products; they are also a smart investment."

TOMRA's optical sorting helps to maximize yield and reduce food waste by increasing sorting accuracy and efficiency. The sensor-based technology is capable of processing high volumes of food while helping to sort and reject defective and foreign material. The result is a reduction in wasted material and an increase in profits, offering significant time and cost savings over traditional mechanical and manual sorting techniques.

As a leading manufacturer of sensor-based food sorting systems, TOMRA Sorting Food is acutely aware of the issues affecting the industry and works closely with farmers, processors and retailers to address food waste, food safety, and automation as well as cross contamination.

A Selection of TOMRA's Food Sorters

Genius optical belt sorting machine

The Genius optical belt sorting machine uses a combination of sorting technologies to meet the high food safety requirements of the food industry and individual food processors.

The sorter uses air ejectors to separate good and bad produce and can be tailored to individual customer requirements, taking into consideration their unique needs. The machines require little maintenance and can handle a high volume of produce at any one time.

tomra genius

The Genius can sort a multitude of foods including potato products, nuts, fruit and vegetables. With high resolution cameras and lasers, it offers a combination of inspection technologies in different inspection zones, achieving unequalled sorting performance.

For operators, the sorting machine brings multiple benefits. Its graphical user interface enhances ease of use and its high volume abilities means processing is faster, more effective and efficient without compromising food safety and quality.

Nimbus BSI free fall sorting machine

The Nimbus BSI (Biometric Signature Identification) is a breakthrough for nuts and raisin processors. With a combination of various sorting technologies, the Nimbus free fall sorting machine accurately detects the biometric characteristics of nuts, dried fruits, potatoes and other commodities.

tomra nimbus

By combining the efficiency of laser detection with the BSI module, which has been specifically designed to identify the material's unique fingerprint, the Nimbus is able to sort based on biological characteristics. These include chlorophyll, mycotoxins, water and oil content.

The BSI technology, which was developed in-house by the company's own experts, is the next generation of spectral imaging, introduced to identify the material's unique fingerprints.

Halo sensor-based optical food sorter

The Halo sensor-based optical food sorter is an ideal solution for potato and vegetable processors and packers who want to make their operations leaner and are looking for a return on investment using advanced sorting technology.

tomra halo

A high performance machine, the Halo is able to sort according to size and quality. The Halo offers excellent throughput and capacity, without losing consistency and accuracy, boosting processors' lines and overall efficiency.

The Halo's ability to consistently detect and remove potatoes for example, with unwanted greening defects, blemishes and damage means higher yields and a safer, higher quality final product going to the packing line or onto further processing. Moreover it has the ability to detect, classify and remove subtle defects into a separate stream for second grade pack or further rework in the processing line.

Blizzard free fall sorting machine

One of the most ideal optical food sorting machines for the IQF (individually quick frozen) vegetable and fruit processing industry is the Blizzard free fall pulsed LED camera sorting machine.

tomra blizzard

The sorter is a cost effective solution which provides continuous inspection and ensures food safety and customer satisfaction by using pulsed LED technology with different wavelengths and specifically designed sensors removing unwanted discolorations, foreign material and misshapen produce, with maximum yield.

Field Potato Sorter

The Field Potato Sorter (FPS) is a sensor-based food sorting machine for unwashed potatoes, which removes large soil clumps, stones and other foreign material at the earliest opportunity in the sorting process. The state-of-the-art system offers growers significantly reduced labor and storage costs and ensures a smoother, more efficient sort further down the production line, increasing product quality and yield.

field potato sorter tomra

The FPS is unique as it is the first successful optical sorting solution in the industry that processes all types of unwashed potatoes. The machine is fitted with TOMRA Sorting Solution Food's BSI (Biometric Signature Identification) technology which identifies and compares the physical characteristics of good and defective product, and sorts according to these clear patterns.

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Contact details:

TOMRA Sorting Solutions NV - Food & Specialty Products
Research Park Haasrode 1622
Romeinse straat, 20
3001 Leuven
Phone: +32 16 396 396
Fax: +32 16 396 390
Email: food-sorting@tomra.com
Website: www.tomra.com/food