TOMRA Food has introduced the TOMRA 3A sensor-based sorting machine for freshly harvested root crops, offering potato growers unrivalled sorting capabilities, dependability, and affordability.
The TOMRA 3A is shown publicly for the first time on 4-5 September at the Potato Europe exhibition in Tournai (Kain), Belgium, at the TOMRA’s stand, booth 16.
The TOMRA 3A replaces the FPS (Field Potato Sorter) machine with which TOMRA first entered this specialised sector seven years ago and has been developed in light of customer feedback and experience accumulated during this time.
The sorter is typically used at the entrance to a potato storage shed, where it provides a final clean-up immediately after the freshly harvested crop has passed through a mechanical grader and soil removal equipment. The sorter employs an in-flight inspection and ejection process to detect and remove stones, soil clods and other debris from the incoming product.
“The TOMRA 3A improves upon its predecessor in every way,” said Jim Frost, Product Manager at TOMRA Food. “In developing this machine, we have learned from our experience working with farmers in this sector and have adopted market-leading technologies already proven in some of our other sorting applications.”
The TOMRA 3A’s sophisticated imaging system, unlike the FPS’, has colour-detection capabilities to identify unwanted green potatoes. Solid-state, pulsed LED illumination technology with high-resolution cameras is able to distinguish between the crop and foreign material.