Technology

Feb 1, 2018

FROM THE FARM TO THE FORK

When you look at it, you'll feel the need to rub your eyes, as you simply cannot believe it. However, it's is "merely" the farmers' dream. But the Norwegian manufacturer Tomra, is not only focused on the food sector.

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By ROBERT BROWN

Most of the farmer's costs for the production and preparation of the harvested vegetables, is the sorting of the premium products for further processing. This happens because it is mostly done manually, by large teams of employees.

There are, however, many options in the market directed perform the sorting of the best products, thus reducing the investment on human labour, and increasing productivity.

The Norwegian company Tomra, has been working since 1972, in the development of farming equipment, which allow the farmers to increase the productivity and promote the superior quality of their supply chain. And the model Sentinel II is one of the best examples of their success.

When you see the video of Sentinel II sorting tomatoes (highly perishable vegetable) right after the harvest you will think you entered some kind of science fiction movie. But you didn't.

The Sentinel II is a highly efficient, cost-effective, sorting equipment that has been engineered with seasonal processors in mind. It offers a high degree of flexibility and can be configured to meet different specific requirements along the production line. Sentinel II offers low, medium or high conveyor speed modes depending upon the specific application sort requirements.

It is suitable process tomato, peach or potatoes but, with the right settings, it can work over many more vegetables.

When it comes to vegetables and fruit sorting, Sentinel II outshines its competitors in terms of sorting efficiency, capacity, technical specification and durability. With three different sorter size offerings, it covers a capacity range of 40-200 tons/hour making it an ideal solution for the seasonal processor seeking off-color, defect and foreign material control.

Sentinel II's high resolution sensors and simple user interface allow the customer to set the sorter to reject a broad range of defects such as green, sunburn, mold, anthracnose rot or worm damage while also removing foreign materials such as cotton stalks, corn cobs, plastic, glass, metal, wood bone and animal matter. An enhanced, patented, high-speed rejection system efficiently removes defects and foreign material, operating at higher speeds than previous models.

"The more refined sorting process and robust reliability delivered by Sentinel II will give our customers peace of mind that they are meeting their obligations in terms of food safety and quality. Meanwhile, the ability to process significantly higher volumes at high speed drives up productivity and efficiency on the production line", says Jim Frost, Tomra's Sorting Food Market Unit Manager.

Tomra was founded on April 1, 1972, in a small shed in Asker, Norway (west of Oslo, the capital), by two brothers: Petter and Tore Planke. Their first problem solved was commissioned by a local grocer who wanted a machine that could quickly and easily take back empty bottles.

The success of those 29 machines, installed until the end of 1972, in Norway, soon generated interest abroad and, by 1974, the Swedish state-owned wine retailer Systembolaget ordered 100 machines, specially adapted to the conveyor equipment already installed in their sales outlets.

Today, Tomra produces a wide range of equipments, destinanted to many industrial sectors; from the food industry, to reverse vending machines, recovery and reuse of several types of materials and the mining industry.

This powerful combination of technologies makes TOMRA Sorting one of the most advanced providers of sensor-based sorting solutions in the world, with over 11,500 of its systems installed globally.

Contacts * www.tomra.com * Drengsrudhagen 2, 1372 Asker, Norway * Tel.: +47 66 79 91 00 * Fax: +47 66 79 91 11

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