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blizzard sorting machine by tomra

The Blizzard free fall pulsed LED camera sorting machine is the most ideal and cost effective optical food sorting machine for the IQF (frozen) vegetable and fruit processing industry.

The Blizzard provides continuous food inspection to ensure food safety and customer satisfaction at all times by removing unwanted foreign material, discoloration and misshapen product, with maximum yield.


Apetit is a Finnish producer of convenient fresh and frozen vegetable-based products that are healthy, tasty and based on locally sourced raw materials such as potatoes, leeks, carrots, peas, swede, parsnips, celery, beetroot and spinach. Its aim is to become the leading brand in frozen vegetable products, frozen ready meals and ready-to-use fresh vegetables. That’s why Apetit decided to partner with TOMRA Sorting Food. Read their testimonial and discover more about TOMRA’s IQF vegetable sorting solution, the Blizzard.

From Belgium, family business Begro explains how TOMRA has helped it live up to its motto of 'Great taste in frozen foods'. Watch their testimonial.


  • Innovative optical setup
  • Compact and sanitary design
  • Intuitive graphical user interface


IQF vegetables

IQF fruit

Key features

Sensor Technology

The Blizzard is a cost-effective alternative to TOMRA’s Helius and Nimbus sorters. It is a small footprint free-fall food sorting machine that easily fits in processing lines and is specifically designed to optimally fit the output of IQF tunnels or packaging lines.
Pulsed LEDs with different wavelengths and specifically designed sensors ensure a reliable detection of colour, shape and structural differences. This modular sorter can be designed according your specific needs. State-of-the-art air ejectors reject unwanted material with millisecond precision, allowing the good product to continue for further processing.
The small pitch system ensures an efficient removal of all defects at high capacity, providing a high quality end product while reducing labor costs and good product loss in order to increase yield.

Product Benefits

  • Increased uptime, quality & yield
  • Ambient substraction: no influence of external/environmental light
  • Active background: also dark objects can be detected
  • High capacity
  • User-friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Designed to fit the output of IQF tunnels and packaging lines

Advanced Sorting Criteria

The Blizzard can sort multiple food applications according to the following sorting parameters:

  • Detailed size/ geometry
  • Detailed shape
  • Colour
  • Subtle defects
  • Biological characteristics
  • Data
  • Blemishes
  • Damage
  • Foreign material (including glass & transparant foil)

Technical specification

 Blizzard 640
Capacity4 - 6 tons/hr
(L x W x H, mm)
2,932 x 2,161 x 1,996 mm (115.4 x 85.1 x 78.6")
Infeed belt width1,905 mm (75")
Air pressure input6 - 10 bar
Electrical consumption1ph: 1.5 kVA + 3ph: 3.4 kVA