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Sorter has 23MT/hr prod capacity

Source:Key Technology

Date Published:12/13/2017 04:12:53 PM

Key Technology’s VERYX® B210 features advanced detection technology and production capacity over 23 metric tons per hour

Key Technology now offers the highest capacity digital sorter in the food processing industry. The company’s VERYX B210 has a production capacity in excess of 23 metric tons (50,000 lb.) of product per hour, depending on the application. It maximizes throughput on high-capacity lines. Its advanced detection technology and innovative system architecture improve sorting accuracy. Recognizing objects’ color, size, shape and/or structural properties, belt-fed VERYX sorters remove foreign material (FM) and product defects and eliminates false rejects.

The new model operates within an inspection area of over 2 meters (80 inches) –an inspection area over 10% wider than other sorters with a similar footprint, according to Key. It optimally singulates product on the belt to improve sorting accuracy and enables processors to increase their throughputs by up to 15% while conserving floor space.

“In many food processing plants, there is a trend toward new, higher capacity production lines, as well as efforts to maximize throughput on existing line installations. Our VERYX B210 supports both of these scenarios. In some layouts, the B210 is capable of replacing two smaller capacity sorters to make the line flow more efficient,” said Marco Azzaretti, Advanced Inspection Systems Product Manager at Key.

The B210 complements Key’s other belt- and chute-fed VERYX sorters of various widths, enabling these to meet the needs of production lines at any capacity requirement. These sorters are ideal for wet and frozen potato strips and specialty potato products as well as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, potato chips and other snack foods, confections, seafood and more. Chute-fed VERYX sorters are optimal for sorting nuts, dried fruits, IQF products and other free-flowing and bulk particulate foods.

VERYX B210 digital sorter from Key Technology

The VERYX B210 digital sorter can meet the needs of food processors who are expanding their production lines 

VERYX sorters come with the ideal sensor types, sensor positions, lighting, ejection system, product handling and software to meet each processor’s product requirements, including handling multiple product types and frequent changeovers. The system includes specialized infeed and collection shakers designed specifically for each application in order to maximize sorting performance. They can be upgraded in the field with additional or different sensors, as customer requirements evolve over time.

Key’s belt-fed sorters can be uniquely configured to inspect product entirely in-air, with both top- and bottom-mounted sensors for food processors that require all-sided surface inspection with no blind spots to maximize defect detection and removal. Compared to on-belt sorters, where belt sanitation issues can interfere over time with sensor detection, VERYX’s in-air inspection ensures consistent sort performance and minimizes sanitation requirements.

As the only sorter on the market designed with bottom sensors positioned away from product splatter, VERYX ensures lower sensor windows will not be obstructed by contamination buildup over time. Eliminating this previously common performance degradation issue keeps the bottom sensors operating at their peak and makes VERYX the first digital sorter to deliver 100 % surface inspection that can be sustained throughout the production cycle.

VERYX is also the only sorter with multi-sensor Pixel Fusion™. This advanced detection feature combines pixel-level input from multiple cameras and laser sensors sharing the same line of sight, to more clearly differentiate good product, defects and FM. With Pixel Fusion, VERYX consistently removes the most difficult-to-detect FM and defects without false rejects.

The next-generation cameras and laser sensors on VERYX offer twice the resolution of previous generation sorters to detect smaller FM and more subtle product defects. With up to 4 channels of information from cameras and up to 8 channels of information from the laser scanner, combined with advanced LED lighting that operates at optimal frequencies in relation to each sensor, every one of the sorters is designed to match the customer’s sort requirements, from basic to the most complex.

The separation/ejection system is also tailored to each product application with configurable air nozzles with respect to their pitch and power. The air nozzles’ actuation is controlled by intelligent software to strategically suit the size, shape and weight of each object targeted for separation. These features allow VERYX to remove from the product stream only objects that have been targeted for ejection, either because they are a contaminant or present quality defects, without disturbing good product.

Designed for extreme ease-of-use, VERYX includes smart features that enable it to adapt to normal changes in the product and environment without operator intervention. With auto-learning, self-adjustment algorithms, predictive system diagnostics, smart alarms and FMAlert™, VERYX is designed to operate unattended during normal production operation.

The highly intuitive VERYX UI provides different views to users of various levels, depending on their needs. Recipe-driven operation and repeatable system calibration ensure customers can count on consistent performance from their VERYX sorter day in, day out, including running the same product across multiple sorters using the same sort recipe for repeatable results. VERYX is easily setup by the operator to run a new product or grade at the touch of a button. Operator qualification requirements are dramatically reduced, allowing a minimally skilled operator to become a proficient user of the system in less than one hour.

VERYX features Key’s Information Analytics, a set of data acquisition and connectivity capabilities that allow users to extract a broad range of product and operational data from the sorter. Data of interest can be shared for off-line analysis, integrated with other equipment on the line or exchanged directly with a customer’s SCADA, Manufacturing Execution System or PLC network.

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