“Secondly, we wanted better definition of color defects and the SORTEX FA2 allowed us to precisely adjust parameters to our specific needs. For example, 100% blue on the accept or a little more purple, without having to sacrifice our good fruit in the reject.
“Bühler’s PolarVision technology also proved very useful to us in terms of foreign material and quality defects removal such as dehydrated blueberries and blueberries with attached stems. We saw another advantage with the LED lighting system. The foreground lighting provided unmatched stability and reliability, while the background lighting allowed enhanced contrast depending on the product we were running (e.g. red in strawberries) without needing to change any part of the machine physically, it just required a quick software adjustment.”
As a result of the SORTEX FA2, Hortifruit was able to ensure consistent production around the clock, running the machine for 16 hours a day. The company also increased its capacity by an average of 5%, “Not just because of the defects we were able to remove, but also thanks to the reduction of good/bad ratio in the reject,” Larios notes. Since the merger, the SORTEX FA2 been migrated over to Vitafoods’ processing line.