The Modus uses an imaging module and an electromaganetic diversion system to sort potatoes by width and length, according to a news release from Tomra Sorting Solutions, a subsidiary of Norway-based Tomra Systems ASA.
Tomra unveiled the Modus at the Interpom/Primeurs trade show in Belgium Nov. 23-25.
“The sorting results are very impressive,” Jim Frost, Tomra market unit manager for whole products sorting, said in the release. “The Modus is ultra-reliable, and very stable. Together with the long-life illumination and the gentle high speed lift drop separator, which directs the potatoes into different grades, the Modus makes sure that our customers will benefit from accurate size grading.”
The Modus can grade up to 99,000 pounds of potatoes per hour. It can be used as a standalone size grader or integrated with the Halo, Sentinel II or Titan systems.
The Modus is supported by Tomra’s new user interface.
“The new user interface makes settings for grading easy,” Frost said. “Length and width ranges, or a combination of both, are set in a few simple steps using the touch screen.”
In addition, the screen allows customers to view live product data which can be used later for traceability or analysis.