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TOMRA Sorting Food to demonstrate Halo at Potato Expo

07 - 09 January 2015

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Don't leave yourself out of the conversation when the potato industry meets in Orlando this January. Attend Potato Expo 2015 to develop new partnerships and get reacquainted with old friends.

TOMRA Sorting Food will be present at Potato Expo from 7 - 9 January 2015.You can visit TOMRA at booth 215 where they will showcase the capabilities of the Halo sensor based optical food sorter and its new user interface design by sorting a variety of potatoes.

The Halo sorter generates significant savings in labor costs for customers, averaging above 80 per cent. Other benefits include yield increases of up to two per cent; low operational costs; up to 25 per cent faster throughput; improved produce quality and a quick return on investment.

The Halo uses top and bottom sensor banks to view each individual object ‘in flight’ using a combination of LED, CCD camera and NIR to perform targeted spectroscopy with 1mm precision. The advanced system views and analyzes visible attributes such as colour, shape, blemish, foreign material, as well as invisible defects to the product composition.

The intelligent user interface makes sorting adjustments simple and predictable, giving the operator full control. Each user can define their own sorting criteria by changing the settings in relation to how the machine identifies defects and other product features.

Jim Frost, market unit manager at TOMRA Sorting Food, said: “As sort requirements become more complex and with customers using the sorter for multiple varieties of potatoes, washed, packed or processed on a daily basis, the job for the user controlling the sorter has become more challenging. Our new user interface allows operators to apply their own defect levels against the different types, colours and sizes of potatoes in order to process more and reduce food waste.

“Using the new interface, operators will also be able to set up a combined sort which moves a potato that would ordinarily be classified as waste to a separate process where it still has a marketable grade. A small color defect on a small potato, for example, will be streamed as waste, but that same small defect on a bigger potato will still be within the grade.”

The system uses a touchscreen drag and drop feature which enables operators to choose and set the quality of potatoes to pass through individual sorting streams, while an on-screen dashboard feeds back data for users to see quickly and easily information about size and defect profiles. This data can also be used at a later date for further product analysis and traceability.

Mr Frost added: “Many months of research, creative design work and customer engagement has resulted in an iconic look and feel to TOMRA’s new user interface with unification of the user experience across the range of TOMRA sorters.”

Fresh pack Halo applications include all sizes and types of potatoes and processor applications both peeled and unpeeled potatoes. In addition, the system can sort carrots, apricots and peaches, pear halves, tomatoes, green beans, citrus products, onions, pickles and cucumbers.

7 - 9 January, 2015

Booth: 215


Rosen Shingle Creek

9939 Universal Blvd.


FL 32819

  • The Potato Expo official website.