Nuts and dried fruit sorting

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Nuts and dried fruit sorting

Optical sorting is essential in any processing operation. It helps you meet food safety requirements and achieve a purer quality of products. Our sorting equipment uses a range of technologies including cameras, lighting and machine learning software. It removes product defects and foreign materials by color, shape and texture.

We also have an extensive product range to suit your needs based on budget, capacity and the product quality you need to achieve.

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Almond sorting

The Sortex range of optical sorters is ideal for almond processors requiring the highest in standards to produce safe, clean and consistent quality almond products, including in-shell, natural or blanched nuts.

Hazelnut sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology can sort different grades and types of hazelnuts including natural, blanched and roasted. The Sortex range can efficiently remove color defects such as dark, discolored, shriveled and rotten hazelnuts, as well as foreign materials such as shell, wood and sticks delivering a safe and fault-free end product.

Cashew sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology sorts cashew nuts from a variety of different grades and stages; whole, split, chopped/diced, raw or roasted. The Sortex range can efficiently remove typical defects such as cashews with subtle discoloration or dark spots, sticks, stones and shells as well as challenging defects such as rotten pieces in diced/chopped cashews.

Walnut sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology offers processors the flexibility of sorting different varieties and grades of walnuts; in-shell and shelled, including sizes ranging from halves to double-diced and colors ranging from extra light to amber. The Sortex range can remove discolored, shriveled, moldy or insect-damaged walnuts, butterballs as well as challenging foreign materials such as septa/membrane and shell.

Macadamia sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology offers processors the flexibility of sorting different varieties and grades of macadamia nuts; in-shell, whole, halves, and pieces. The Sortex range can remove typical defects found in macadamia nuts including shell pieces, in-shell nuts, discolored, rotten, insect-damaged nuts caused by stink bugs.

Peanut sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology can sort different varieties of peanuts including in-shell (Spanish or Valencia’s) with red or pink skin, blanched or roasted. The Sortex range can efficiently remove defects with certain discolorations, in-shell, split, oversized/undersized or misshaped nuts as well as foreign materials, including sticks and bones.

Pecan sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology offers processors the flexibility of sorting different varieties and grades of pecans; in-shell and shelled, including sizes ranging from halves to pieces and colors ranging from light to dark amber. The Sortex range can remove discolored, insect-damaged, moldy or immature kernels as well as foreign materials, including sticks, septa/membrane and shells.

Pine nut sorting

The Sortex range is the chosen optical sorter for pine nut processors. Sortex optical sorters can efficiently remove defects, including rotten pieces and discolored pine kernels as well as foreign material such as shells, sticks and stones.

Pistachio sorting

Bühler’s optical sorting technology can sort in-shell or shelled pistachios in raw or roasted states. The Sortex range can efficiently remove typical defects such as light or dark stained shell, insect-damaged, moldy decayed, shriveled, broken or oversized/undersized in-shell pistachios or kernels as well as foreign materials, including shell pieces, sticks, rocks and loose kernels from in-shell nuts.

Dried fruit sorting

Equipped with the latest technological advances; the Sortex optical sorters are able to effectively remove both typical and challenging color defects, including shape recognition of damaged pieces, broken bits, sticks, stones, insects and various other packing materials.

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