TOMRA to Unveil Modus, a New Size Grader for Potatoes

Fri. November 21st, 2014
- by Jordan Okumura     

BELGIUM - TOMRA will be unveiling its new Modus potato size grader at INTERPOM | PRIMEURS in Kortrijk Xpo, Belgium, from November 23rd to 25th. A high volume optical food sorter, the Modus eliminates the need for mechanical grading while delivering throughput up to 45,000 kg/hour.

“There are limits to these mechanical food sorting processes, including that almost all mechanical sorters in use today only grade by width,” shared Jim Frost, Market Unit Manager, Whole Products Sorting at TOMRA Sorting Food. “To address this issue, TOMRA Sorting Food’s development team has designed the Modus which can sort washed potatoes by width and length, or a combination of both.”

“The sorting results are very impressive,” he continued. “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.”

TOMRA offers the Modus as a standalone size grader or integrated with the Halo, Sentinel II or Titan for quality and size grading. Operating the Modus is simple and efficient, TOMRA shares. After alignment by a simple shaker and conveyor, a unique new TOMRA imaging module and electromagnetic diversion system is used to gently divert the potatoes of the selected sizes into three different exits, according to a press release.

TOMRA's new intuitive and user-friendly TOMRA user interface is also featured in the Modus. The new pulsed-LED sensor optics, proven on the Titan and Halo sorting platforms, is a key feature of the Modus, providing stability and accuracy on high volume whole potatoes.

“The new user interface makes settings for grading easy,” Frost explained. “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 saved for use at a later date for traceability or analysis purposes, for example.”

TOMRA will be showcasing the Modus next week at booth 110 at INTERPOM.