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Optical Sorter

The Key Technology Herbert Oculus optical sorter finds and removes whole potatoes with defects.

Key Herbert Oculus Sorter

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The Key Technology Herbert Oculus optical sorter is used for fresh market potatoes or whole potatoes prior to processing. Its superior sorting capabilities help ensure product quality, while reducing labor requirements and achieving consistent line capacity despite fluctuations in incoming raw product quality.

The enhanced Herbert Oculus features new cameras that offer twice the resolution of the previous generation cameras to identify smaller, harder-to-detect defects. A more advanced 64-bit operating system replaces the previous 32-bit system to achieve a more sophisticated analysis of each tuber. New longer-lasting air cylinders with better seals run at a lower pressure to minimize energy usage, reduce maintenance, and lessen operating noise while maintaining high performance. Lighter reject fingers move faster to improve reject accuracy.

The Herbert Oculus conveys the potatoes over a series of rollers to present a complete 360-degree view of each tuber to the digital infrared color cameras. Compared to traditional cascade sorters, this unique method of sorting offers gentler handling and provides 20% more surface inspection to maximize defect removal.

Available in multiple sizes for a range of capacities up to 88,000 lb/hr of product, the Herbert Oculus sorter recognizes size, shape, color, and texture. Its advanced detection capabilities enable the sorter to remove a wide range of color defects, diseases, and surface abnormalities, including skin discoloration, green and dark colors, bruising, mechanical damage, blackleg, and silver scurf.

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