Tomra's Halo 500 optical sorter is among the equipment the company plans to highlight at Fresh Summit 2014.
Tomra's Halo 500 optical sorter is among the equipment the company plans to highlight at Fresh Summit 2014.

Fresh produce growers and shippers can increase yield and packing speeds on a variety of fruits and vegetables with Tomra Sorting Solutions’ Halo 500 optical sorter, which will be among the equipment featured by the company at Fresh Summit, Oct. 17-19.

One of four sorters in the Halo line, the Halo 500 can sort and grade based on quality, size and food safety, according to a news release. It combines advanced controls that provide flexibility and accuracy across a wide range of commodities from potatoes to peaches.

“The machine performs targeted spectroscopy with 1mm precision,” market unit manager Jim Frost said in the release.

“The Halo includes significant benefits for customers: large labor cost reductions, averaging 80% upwards; yield increases of up to 4%; low operational costs; up to 25% faster throughput; improved product quality; a faster pack; and speedy return on investment.”

The Halo 500 includes a touch screen for easy operation and immediate feedback. It can sort for color, shape, blemishes, foreign materials and hard-to-see defects, according to the release.