TOMRA Sorting Food will display two of its state-of-the-art sorting machines and its steam peeling XP valve at the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) Expo and Conference 2015.
The event takes place at Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, 12-14 January.
TOMRA Sorting Food will share booth 1600 with Columbia Food Machinery, where the company will show the Blizzard and Genius optical sorters, as well as the XP Valve, a key component of its potato steam-peeling systems.
Delegates visiting the booth will be able to use the innovative, user-friendly touchscreens of the Blizzard and Genius, which show the capabilities of each sorter.
TOMRA Sorting Food spokesperson Ashley Hunter said: "We are always keen to listen to our customers to find out about their needs now and in the future. This enables us to develop machines which respond directly to their requirements and ensure they see a fast return on their investment.
"Food processors benefit from machines which offer increased uptime, a better quality end-product and higher yield -both the Genius and Blizzard achieve this."
The Blizzard free-fall pulsed LED camera sorter is one of the most cost-effective optical sorting solutions for IQF vegetable processors available. Pulsed LEDs, with different wavelengths and specifically designed sensors, provide continuous food inspection to ensure food safety and quality by removing unwanted discolourations, foreign material and misshapen product.
The Blizzard’s high-tech air-ejectors reject defects with millisecond precision, allowing good produce to continue for further processing, generating maximum yield.
Its compact design makes it easy to fit into existing processing lines and it has been designed to fit the output of IQF tunnels.
Like the Blizzard, the Genius optical belt sorter uses air-ejectors to separate good and bad produce. Both machines require little maintenance and can handle a high volume of produce at any one time. It can be tailored to individual customer requirements, taking into consideration their unique needs.
The Genius can sort a multitude of foods including potatoes, seafood, nuts, fruit and vegetables. With high-resolution cameras and lasers, it offers a combination of inspection technologies in different inspection zones, achieving unequalled sorting performance.
For operators, the sorting machine brings multiple benefits. Its graphical user interface enhances ease-of-use and its high-volume abilities means processing is faster, more effective and efficient, without compromising food safety and quality.
TOMRA Sorting Food’s potato eco-peeler has delivered substantial yield improvement and energy savings for processors in the north-west of the US. Customers have seen their energy consumption reduced by up to 25%, with peeling losses kept to a minimum.
The Eco steam peeler includes a new steam peeling vessel design, with new process automation, which includes an innovative product mixing design that enables rapid heat transfer from the steam to the surface of the potatoes.
Visitors to the NWFPA Expo will be able to see the XP valve technology used in the peeler, which increases valve lifespan six fold, compared with alternative technology.
Now in its 101st year, NWFPA Expo and Conference is the largest regional food processing trade show in North America. It brings together manufacturers, suppliers, customers and industry experts to address operational needs through presentations, networking events and its exhibition.