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helius™ sorting machine by tomra

The Helius™ free-fall sorting machine provides an optical sorting solution for a huge amount of food applications. Dry product processors benefit from TOMRA's Helius™ P sorter, specialised in sorting free flowing dry products such as seeds, rice, nuts, grains and many more.

By implementing the Helius™ in your food processing line you will be able to guarantee an outstanding final product quality and therefore great customer satisfaction with products free of unwanted discoloration and foreign material.


  • Ejector valves reject defects within milliseconds
  • Compact footprint requiring minimum space
  • Quality control and feedback accessible through intuitive touch screen
  • Upgradable and modular sorting machine design
  • Different types of laser technologies available, tailored to the application
  • Synchronization between low and high capacities
  • Highly efficient ejection system
  • Consistent long life accuracy


Dried fruit

Rice, grains and seeds



IQF vegetables and fruit




Aflatoxin is a major issue for Chinese food manufacturers and processors. As the global pioneer in food safety assurance technology, TOMRA has been collaborating with global and Chinese food brands to increase public awareness of the potentially lethal effects of aflatoxin. Recently, Nestlé identified TOMRA as a long-term partner to assure a solid quality control solution, with several of its processing lines across the world installing TOMRA’s state-of-the-art sorters, helping to ensure the quality of raw materials and final food products, meet Nestlé’s uniform global standards.

In order to address aflatoxin contamination issues, Ruparel Foods turned to TOMRA Sorting Food. Vishal Ruparel, managing director at Ruparel Foods, explains the positive impact this partnership has had on the company. Read all about it in their testimonial. 

Macridge specializes in processing and marketing macadamia nuts and recently decided to partner with TOMRA Sorting Solutions to increase throughput as well as to achieve higher macadamia quality. Read their testimonial.

Sun Valley Raisins has been in the raisin business for seventy years and has grown into one of the largest growers and processors of California raisins. Read their testimonial and find out why they decided to partner with TOMRA Sorting Solutions.

Read the success story and discover how TOMRA’s Helius™ sorting machine provides greatly enhanced quality checks for Birds Eye (United Kingdom, frozen peas industry), the market leading company for frozen peas.

Read the success story and discover how Uren Novaberry (Poland, raspberry industry) made its raspberry processing business more profitable with the installation of a Helius™ free fall laser sorting machine.

Read the success story and discover how Stahmann Farms (Australia, nuts industry) increased its output by 30 percent and lowered its false rejects to less than 0.25 percent with TOMRA’s Helius™.

Read the success story and discover why Sessions Company (USA, peanut industry) chose TOMRA’s Helius™ for their peanuts sorting.

Read the success story and discover how enthusiastic Damascus Peanut Company (USA, peanut industry) was with TOMRA’s laser solution for sorting peanuts.

Key features

Sensor Technology

With up to twelve individual laser signals, the Helius™ and Helius™ P detect colour, structure, size and shape defects from a stream of good product. Powerful air guns remove defects accurately from the good product. The sorting machines are also able to sort based on biological characteristics, invisible to the human eye. Combined with the patented Fluo™ technology, the Helius™ and Helius™ P sorting machines detect the slightest shades of chlorophyll to create an even better contrast between good products and defects.

Other technologies available are SWIR, Detox™ (for aflatoxin) and AFMD. After the inspection of your product, the unwanted material is ejected via a front or a rear ejection system (RES™). The manifold position before or behind the particular product provides high rejection accuracy, efficiency and consistent sorting. The Helius™ sorting machine can also be equipped with a 3-way sorting system for greater flexibility, even lower false reject and improved yield.

Product Benefits

  • Maximum efficiency in all conditions
  • Calibration free
  • Small footprint
  • Upgradeable
  • Self-learning (Smart Sort technology)
  • Low on maintenance
  • Easy to operate

Advanced Sorting Criteria

The Helius™ and Helius™ P can sort multiple food applications by the following sorting criteria:

  • Advanced Foreign Material Detection
  • Biological characteristics
  • Chlorophyll
  • Damage
  • Moisture content
  • Mycotoxins
  • Foreign material
  • Subtle blemishes
  • Subtle color
  • Subtle defect

Technical specification

 Helius™ 640Helius™ P 640
Capacity2 - 4 tons/hrDepends on application
(L x W x H, mm)
3,433 x 2,759 x 2,094 mm (135 x 109 x 82")2,784 x 2,759 x 2,486 mm (110 x 109 x 98")
Infeed belt width2,904 mm (114")2,486 mm (98")
Air pressure input2 - 6 bar6 - 7 bar
Electrical consumption1ph: 3kVA + 3ph: 2.5kVA1ph: 5kVA
 Helius™ 1200Helius™ P 1200
Capacity4 - 8 tons/hrDepends on application
(L x W x H, mm)
4,198 x 3,219 x 2,088 mm (165 x 127 x 82")2,997 x 3,219 x 2,486 mm (118 x 127 x 98")
Infeed belt width2,088 mm (82")2,486 mm (98")
Air pressure input2 - 6 bar6 - 7 bar
Electrical consumption1ph: 3kVA + 3ph: 2.5kVA1ph: 5kVA
 Helius™ 1600
Capacity8 - 10 tons/hr
(L x W x H, mm)
5,546 x 3,619 x 2,366 mm (218 x 142 x 93")
Infeed belt width2,366 mm (93")
Air pressure input2 - 6 bar
Electrical consumption1ph: 3kVA + 3ph: 2.5kVA