Key Technology has expanded its VERYX® family of digital sorters with the introduction of the VERYX B140, a medium-capacity belt-fed sorter. The new B140 features a 1400-mm wide inspection zone, which is 15 percent wider than comparatively sized sorters to achieve a higher throughput within a similar footprint and better singulation of product on the belt to improve sorting accuracy.
“Our VERYX sorters are modular – built to be tailored to the exact needs of each customer application. Even within the same food product type, we consider the nuances of different varietals and where the crops are grown, as well as regional differences in customer needs between Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, Asia, India and the Middle East. Throughput is just one variable in designing the ideal sorting solution,” said Marco Azzaretti, Advanced Inspection Systems product manager at Key. “The new B140 expands the VERYX family with a new belt-fed sorter for mid-capacity production lines. Other models are available for smaller and larger capacity requirements.”
Featuring an innovative system architecture and advanced inspection technology, VERYX sorters maximize the detection and removal of foreign material (FM) and product defects based on objects’ color, size, shape and/or structural properties while minimizing false rejects to enhance product quality and increase yields.
Ideal for production lines running 5 to 10 metric tons (12,000 to 24,000 lb.) of product per hour, the VERYX B140 complements Key’s existing range of chute- and belt-fed VERYX sorters of various widths. All belt-fed VERYX sorters, including the new B140, can be configured for wet and frozen potato strips and specialty potato products as well as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, potato chips and other snack foods, confections, seafood and more. Chute-fed VERYX sorter configurations are ideal for nuts, dried fruit, IQF products and other free-flowing foods.