TOMRA

TOMRA Sorting Solutions opened a new state-of-the-art food sorting facility in West Sacramento, California, US, in June 2014. The facility houses more than 50 of the company’s employees and is 30% larger than the old building in California.

The new facility is equipped to support mainly the nut processing industry. The expansion was due to a number of reasons including the company’s recently planned expansion and also the total revenue increase which has averaged approximately 40% per annum in recent years in the US.

Construction started in August 2013.

TOMRA Sorting Food’s new facility details and features



The system detects defects in the vegetables (both fresh and frozen) so that they may be rejected.


The new facility falls under the US division of TOMRA Sorting Food and is built over a site leased for 12 years in Riverside Corporate Center on Embarcadero Drive. It is located four miles away from TOMRA’s old 42,000ft² building on Seaport Boulevard.

The 60,000ft² building has better test, demonstration and development facilities enabling the team to serve the customers better. It also has more rooms for meeting and training, and includes spacious breakout areas for teams to gather for collaboration and brainstorming.

A team of sales, service, application engineering, finance and administration employees from TOMRA’s Sacramento facility were relocated to serve at the new facility.

The new site features state-of-the-art sorting solutions centre demonstrating TOMRA’s sorting, peeling and process analytics systems live. The test demonstration area features a cold room allowing the testing of individually quick frozen (IQF) products using TOMRA’s new Blizzard sorter. Customers can trial their own applications at the area.

In addition, the facility includes a laboratory where testing for aflatoxins could be conducted using the company’s technology.

Technology and equipment at TOMRA’s West Sacramento operation

"The new Blizzard sorter removes unwanted discolouration, foreign material and misshapen produce, ensuring food safety."

The new Blizzard sorter removes unwanted discolouration, foreign material and misshapen produce, ensuring food safety. The technology provides continuous inspection with maximum yield. It uses pulsed light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with multiple infrared (IR) wave lengths, and combines specially-designed full red, green, blue (RGB) cameras to deliver stable detection.

The sorter has a small footprint and can be easily fit into processing lines. Its design allows for installation either after the individually quick frozen (IQF) tunnels or before packing. It can handle both mono and mixed colour produces.

TOMRA also uses the new facility to locally demonstrate its biometric signature identification (BSI) technology, which is a sensor module designed in-house to detect all information in a specific light spectrum, then compare and classify the information to sort good and defective products based on the biometric signature of the products.

The sensor modules are based on the flying beam principle (patent pending), which significantly saves energy and does not increase heating effect. It uses two halogen light sources per module and combines it with a rotating polygon allowing for maximum light efficiency.

Contractors involved with TOMRA’s California food facility

"The US team of TOMRA Sorting Solutions has been creating sensor-based technologies for sorting, peeling and process analytics in California for more than 30 years."

Norwegian firm Odenberg owned by TOMRA signed a 12-year build-to-suit lease with Harsch Investment Properties for the construction of the new offices in their Riverside Corporate Center in August 2013.

Architectural firm VLMK Consultant Engineering was contracted to design the building, while the general contractor for construction was Brown Construction.

Kelley Commercial assisted TOMRA Sorting with feasibility analyses, developer selection, design development, negotiations with the City of West Sacramento, and construction management.

Marketing commentary

The US team of TOMRA Sorting Solutions has been creating sensor-based technologies for sorting, peeling and process analytics in California for more than 30 years. The company has been present in West Sacramento for approximately 15 years.