TOMRA Sorting is set to showcase its Halo 500 three-way optical sorter at the largest trade conference and exhibition in the western-world for the fresh food produce industry, PMA Fresh Summit 2014.
The company will be providing more information about the sorter and its other state-of-the-art sorting solutions to attendees at the food processing trade fair at the Anaheim Convention Centre, California, US from 17-19 October. TOMRA representatives will be available at Booth 1110.
Delivering high performance sorting and grading, based on quality, size and food safety, the Halo combines intelligence with advanced control to supply flexibility and accuracy in a reliable, long-life, compact machine.
The Halo views and analyses features such as colours, shapes, blemishes, foreign materials and hard-to-see defects, producing a highly accurate sort.
Significant customer benefits
TOMRA Sorting Solutions market unit manager Jim Frost said: "The machine performs targeted spectroscopy with 1mm precision. Offering high capacity, low maintenance, flexibility, gentle handling and consistent accuracy, the sorter provides quality control and feedback via an intuitive touch screen.
"The Halo includes significant benefits for customers: large labour cost reductions, averaging 80% upwards; yield increases of up to four per cent; low operational costs; up to 25% faster throughput; improved product quality; a faster pack; and speedy return on investment."
Mr Frost added: "Thanks to their precision spectroscopy and intelligent rejection systems, our sorters are highly efficient in detecting and removing foreign bodies from whole product streams.
"With 20,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors from over 60 countries, PMA Fresh Summit provides an outstanding opportunity for producers and processors to discover more about our latest systems, which help ensure maximum yield, quality and efficiency."
Fresh pack Halo applications include: all sizes and varieties of potatoes; carrots; parsnips; onions; garlic; tomatoes; and cucumbers. Processor applications include: peeled and unpeeled potatoes; carrots; peaches; pears; tomatoes; green beans, onions; apricots; and citrus fruits, such as oranges and mandarins.