Tea Sorting

Delivering high standards of product quality

Bühler provides optical sorting solutions for tea processors who demand the highest standards of quality. With a focus on precision sorting and consistent yield, the SORTEX range of optical sorters meet the requirements of small, medium and large tea processors. Solutions are available for the black and green tea flakes, mainly produced in Asia and Africa. The SORTEX optical sorters are equipped with the latest in technological advances; custom-built, high definition cameras, shape detection and high speed ejectors, typical and challenging defects are effectively removed, leaving a high quality finished product.

Setting new standards of quality and safety

  • Bühler’s optical sorting solutions deliver high efficiency in the removal of lighter coloured leaves, stalks, sticks and fibres to achieve optimum quality.
  • Excellent results are produced with InGaAs (SWIR) technology to remove even the most challenging foreign materials; plastics, metal, glass, sticks and stones to maximize safety.
  • PROfile (shape) technology excels in the removal of similar tea colour, longer stalks and sticks.

Delivering the highest capacity solutions and production volume

  • The SORTEX range has a capacity of up to three tones per hour on tea flakes, using a single sorting unit.

Maximising value and yield

  • Precise optical sorting achieves uniformed product consistency, increasing the product value.
  • Equipped with leading optical and ejector technology, minimises false ejection of good product.
  • Simultaneous resort option allows recovery of good product from the reject stream.

Multiple, configurable machine options

  • Modular design option of up to five sizes with capacity ranging from 0.3 – 3.0 tonnes is available to suit processing requirements.
  • The graphical user interface (GUI) enables fast product changeovers and covers a wide range of pre-stored product modes.

Increased productivity and lower operational costs

  • Assisted by the Anyware remote connection, Bühler engineers can respond quickly in support of a machine, maximizing up-time and further enhancing productivity.
  • Lower power consumption, reduces operational costs.

Customer Service

Unparalleled access to a range of customer focused, flexible optical sorting service packages to suit your needs - available from over 140 countries worldwide.