TOMRA Food showcased its most advanced grading, sorting and peeling technologies at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019, the biggest food industry event in the Middle East, Asia and Africa region.
Offering sensor-based sorting machines and solutions, TOMRA Food supports food manufacturers to increase their efficiency, achieve higher-quality products, minimize product waste and maximize profits.
Stating that they focused on sorting technologies for nuts, dried fruit and french fries as well as fresh cut applications at Gulfood 2019, Dimitrie Knopfmacher, TOMRA Food’s Regional Sales Manager explained: “We are very pleased with the interest at Gulfood. As the global leader in sensor-based sorting, TOMRA Food’s machines provide higher efficiency, the best defect detection and “pack-to-grade” quality in a single pass. Our advanced technology offers significant savings and a strong competitive advantage to businesses. Consumers have become even more selective in terms of taste, appearance and quality; therefore, food manufacturers prefer the most advanced TOMRA solutions to deliver high-quality products in a highly competitive market.”
TOMRA 5B sorting machine for applications such as fresh-cut and potato processing
Thanks to minimum product waste and uninterrupted operation, the TOMRA 5B sorter, one of the prominent products at the exhibition, offers high operational efficiency and final product quality. These benefits are made possible by three key features: superior performance, improved ease of use and hygienic design. The TOMRA 5B combines TOMRA’s smart surround view technology with 360 degrees inspection for the highest performance. The technology features high-resolution cameras for detailed product appearance as well as high-intensity LEDs that offer improved light intensity. With these features, the TOMRA 5B ensures reduced false rejection rates and improves product quality with color, shape detection and foreign material removal.
The Nimbus BSI+ sorting machine not only identifies foreign materials but also product-specific defects
With advanced BSI+ technology, the Nimbus BSI+, developed for products such as nuts, dried fruits, grains and seeds, detects not only foreign materials but also visual irregularities by identifying product-specific defects.
The BSI+ module detects product defects using both near infrared and visible spectrum wavelengths for highly detailed classification capabilities. The BSI+ module identifies product defects that are visible and invisible to the human eye using the near infrared spectrum. This feature makes TOMRA the market leader in detecting defects such as insect bites, rotten products, discoloration, and shriveled and moldy grains in nuts, peanuts, almonds and other nuts.
The TOMRA 3C: An ideal solution for the special sorting requirements of products such as seeds, nuts, grains and pulses
The TOMRA 3C meets the high-quality expectations of food manufacturers and food processors by addressing the special sorting requirements of products such as seeds, nuts, grains and pulses. TOMRA Food increases food safety with the TOMRA 3C optical sorting machine with integrated laser and spectral camera technologies. The TOMRA 3C accurately detects any color and shape defects in secondary products while sorting difficult foreign materials successfully and with minimum waste, which was a not possible conventional channel sorter until today.
TOMRA Food solutions support better utilization of available resources
Drawing attention to the change in the supply-demand balance in food supply due to population growth and, therefore, the necessity to use resources more effectively, Knopfmacher explained; “The global population is forecast to increase from 7.6 billion to 10 billion people by 2050, and in many places food demand is already outstripping supply. To illustrate the rapid pace of change, agricultural demand today is 50% greater than it was just five years ago. This is placing an enormous strain on agricultural resources because the land available for growing food is becoming increasing limited. As TOMRA Food, we prevent waste during production by ensuring the most efficient processing of products, thanks to the technologies we have developed and our sensor-based machines and post-harvest solutions, and thus, we support the effective use of existing resources.”
Underlining that food waste is a very important problem, Dimitrie Knopfmacher added; “Almost one-third of all the food produced worldwide is currently being wasted, amounting to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food being thrown away every year. Some 54% of this waste is lost in upstream processes, resulting from inefficiencies in developing countries during harvesting, post-harvest handling, and processing, and the other 46% is wasted in consumption chain in developed nations,” and explained: “As a leading provider of integrated post-harvest solutions to the global fresh produce industry, TOMRA Food is acutely aware of the issue surrounding food waste and continues to deliver solutions. We work closely with farmers, processors and retailers to tackle the issue. At TOMRA Food we offer sustainable solutions to prevent “good product” from being removed unnecessarily from the processing line.”