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opus tobacco sorting machine by tomra

What differentiates the Opus Tobacco sorter from any other optical stem sorter is that it does not only accurately detect and reject non-tobacco related material (NTRM), but more specifically the ‘woody’ stem stalks (stem knuckles, split stalks, partial or whole stalks) are also efficiently removed.

The Opus Tobacco sorter is a tobacco sorting solution that was inspired by the free-fall Opus sorter which already has a proven track record within the food industry served by TOMRA.

The Opus Tobacco sorter combines multiple innovative technologies and introduces unparalleled “hybrid” high resolution sensor-based technologies.


The Opus Tobacco delivers consistent tobacco stems hereby ensuring that in consumer product manufacturing, a reliable ‘tobacco only’ product is made available. It is known that in the process of white paper cigarette manufacturing, woody stems cause pull-out during cutting and cause uneven filling power of the cut-filler Tobacco, which consequently leads to waste while split stalks are known to cause paper piercings, resulting in unwanted waste and production stoppages.

The Opus Tobacco contributes to a more efficient manufacturing, hereby avoiding production stoppages, minimizing waste generation and contributing to environmental improvements (e.g. reduced energy consumption and CO2 emission control).


This tobacco sorting machine is a new generation sorting solution for mechanically harvested tobaccos. In a short period of time the unit will be an essential piece of the GLT equipment portfolio for the effective removal of stem stalks and NTRM.

It is quite simply a life changer in the tobacco industry and adds value to product integrity.


TOMRA Sorting Solutions has been awarded as a champion for this year’s Tobacco Reporter ‘Golden Leaf Awards’ in the category ‘Most promising product introduction’ to the tobacco industry.

Discover how TOMRA’s Opus Tobacco helps GLT processors with obtaining ‘reduced risk/harm’ products.


  • Optimal removal of NTRM and ‘woody’ stem stalks
  • Applicable in GLT, PMD
  • First generation of free fall/ hybrid (laser & camera) sorter
  • 1,000 mm wide (40”)
  • Single side laser inspection and single or double sided camera inspection
  • Enhanced sorting stability by the application of a central dust extraction and air knife arrangement, keeping optical windows and scanning sensitive areas free of dust
  • Advanced LED lighting, enhancing the lifetime of the background lights


Technical specification

 Opus Tobacco
Capacity2,600 kg/h (57.3202 lb/hr) 21% MC - 140kg/m³ (8.73 lb/ft³)
(L x W x H, mm)
4,200 x 2,600 x 2,440 mm (165 x 102 x 96")
Infeed belt width2,260 mm (89")
Air pressure input6 - 7 bar
Electrical consumption1ph: 4kVA + 3ph: 2.5kVA