The Key Technology sorting system includes belt conveyors that transfer peeled and cored whole, halved, or sliced apples to a sizer remover, which mechanically removes the fines. Product then either goes to a cutter that cuts the apples into different sizes and shapes or, if already sliced, directly to a sorter. A conveyor carries the apple cubes, strips, dices, or wedges to an infeed shaker that spreads the product for presentation to a mechanical size grader, which removes small pieces. A dewatering shaker removes residual water while spreading and singulating product to feed the downstream sorter. The digital sorter is equipped with top- and bottom-mounted cameras and laser sensors to detect color, size, shape, and structural properties of products, and to find and remove defects and foreign material.
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