DOWNS, the French manufacturer of reception and storage solutions for potatoes, launches the DOWNS CropVision®: a new generation optical grader for unwashed potatoes. Fitted with the latest technological innovations, it allows a high-speeded and qualitative grading of the potatoes before the storage (to 100 tons/h).
of four years of development, the DOWNS CropVision® is fitted with industrial cameras coupled with an algorithm of Artificial Intelligence. This unique and patented combination makes it possible to observe and analyse the whole surface of the product (360°) in order to classify it according to its quality: clods, stones, other waste, good potatoes, green potatoes, cut potatoes, spoiled potatoes, mishappened potatoes and cracked potatoes. Another unique feature: DOWNS CropVision® is fitted with three possible exits for the product. A first exit for the product to keep, a second one for the waste and a third one for second category potatoes.
According to the user’s requirements, the ejecting fingers will lead the product to the right exit. Thanks to the 360° scan of each potato, the DOWNS CropVision’s® user has access to very accurate information about the stored potatoes. Information such as the size of the potatoes for each batch of product or their quality. This new generation optical grader is the solution to recurrent problems encountered before storage: labour availability, sorting quality, economic profitability, food safety and environmental impact.
The DOWNS CropVision® is easy to use thanks to a user-friendly touchscreen and can be integrated into DOWNS receiving hoppers and graders. This way, the user will benefit from all the DOWNS’ know how and experience in custom-made integration projects but also in customer follow-up.