Bühler’s all-new flagship rice optical sorter - SORTEX S UltraVision™ - A giant leap in intelligent optical sorting for rice processors that refuse to compromise.05/13/2014 Rice processors recently attended Bühler’s Competence Centre in Bangalore to attend the launch of the SORTEX S UltraVision™ - a new generation of optical sorter that represents a giant leap forward in intelligent sorting. Designed to address challenging market requirements, it significantly increases profitability for rice processors by allowing them to define the exact quality level for their rice, even when faced with highly contaminated incoming material. What’s more, there is no compromise in yield, meaning processors can deliver increased value for money to their customers. “Until now, rice processors have been forced to compromise between meeting customer specifications or minimising reject,” notes Neil Dyer, Global Product Manager for Buhler Sortex. “But the SORTEX S UltraVision™ completely changes this scenario and addresses the critical industry issues.”
As processors face increased competition and consolidation of rice mills, plus greater pressure to supply many different levels of rice quality, so they need to define more tightly which grains are acceptable and which they wish to reject. That is where the SORTEX S UltraVision™ stands out over other sorting options.
In-built intelligence enables the sorter to make intuitive decisions about which grain is good and which should be rejected, while its specific defect detection capability allows processors to adjust individually the sensitivity for each one of the many potential defects. This ground breaking functionality gives processors unprecedented control and ability to define the exact ‘accept’ levels necessary to meet their customers’ requirements - thus eliminating waste and boosting profit.
Ben Deefholts, Buhler Sortex Rice Specialist, notes, “Many customers stress the need to remove yellow grains reliably, but agree that slightly grey or under-milled grains are acceptable up to a certain threshold. The SORTEX S UltraVision™ can distinguish between different shades, removing all subtle yellows without removing subtle greys.”
Making the choice is easy, with a new user interface that allows swift changes from one rice product to another, or one quality standard to another, significantly reducing costly downtime. “Processors can consistently achieve export quality by just selecting the rice variety, setting each defect’s sensitivity and pressing start!” adds Deefholts.
Consistency of sorting performance is further enhanced with Intelligent Automation. By constantly ‘self-learning’ the SORTEX S UltraVision™ always operates at the optimum level until the end of every batch. Daily operation and maintenance has also been made easier, and customers have 24/7 visibility of online data for maximum product yield and sorting optimization, fault alert, and system usage statistics. And of course, Bühler’s global support is always on call.
“The SORTEX S UltraVision™ is part of our next-generation high capacity, energy efficient, ‘Ultra-Line’ rice processing equipment designed to help rice processors prove consistency and yield, reduce their energy consumption and maximise their revenue,” concludes Buhler Sortex Managing Director, Hamid Kefayati.