Tomra Wins Japanes Award for its 5C Sorter

The Tomra 5C optical sorter earned the machine category prize at the renowned annual Japan Food Journal Awards because it uses digital tools and AI technology to create new benchmarks in the industry for accuracy, efficiency, and usability.

“Tomra Food is proud that the high-precision, high-capacity Tomra 5C sorter has been recognized in this way. This honor is important to us, not only here in Japan, where the food industry sets exceptionally high standards, but also throughout the APAC region, where many food businesses export their products to Japan. In Tomra’s 50th anniversary year, this is something else to celebrate,” Steven Van Geel, Tomra Food Regional Sales Director commented.

After originally being released in Europe and the USA, the Tomra 5C was presented in June to Japan and other markets in the Asia Pacific area. This machine was calibrated to sort frozen veggies and fruit after being initially designed to sort dried fruit and nuts. By integrating industry-leading sensors and high-resolution lasers with Tomra’s own Biometric Signature Identification (BSI+) technology, AI machine learning, and big-data analysis, it provides unmatched sorting accuracy.

With BSI+, every object passing down the processing line is assessed for color, shape, and biological characteristics. By looking inside materials with next-generation spectral imaging, BSI+ clearly contrasts good and bad materials and can detect smaller defects than conventional spectral technology.

With AI machine learning, the Tomra 5C continually improves its accuracy in detecting defection. AI also empowers defect classification software, including the button-activated “magic wand”, a feature with which machine users can set new sorting programs with an accuracy previously only attainable by service engineers.

Big-data analysis is made possible by connecting the Tomra 5C to the cloud-based data platform Tomra Insight. By accessing live data from the sorter, operators can make almost instant improvements to line efficiencies. And by accessing data retrospectively, it becomes possible to quantify the standards of raw materials from suppliers and to make better-informed business decisions.

Another advanced digital tool that helps Tomra 5C users attain better machine performance and more uptime is Visual Assist. Through the use of a smartphone, or Smart Glasses, and augmented reality, Tomra’s experts can provide remote support to a customer or Field Service Engineer just as if they were standing in front of the machine. This enables quick resolution of a broad range of issues with the expert’s additional support. Tomra Visual Assist is also a valuable tool for delivering training.

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