01 Jul 2022

New solution pushes optical sorting to the next level of performance

SORTEX H SpectraVision
Swiss Bühler Group has announced it has  launched its latest optical sorter for wheat, rye, oats, grains, coffee and pulses: the SORTEX H SpectraVision. The company says powered by brand new MerlinAi sorting algorithms, the solution pushes optical sorting to the next level of usability, performance, and product traceability.
Using the best of British and Swiss engineering expertise, Bühler says the SORTEX H SpectraVision is the result of its 75 years of experience in optical sorting. It offers three key benefits for customers: unmatched ease of use, high performance, and enhanced connectivity, contributing to increased sustainability.

Processors today must tackle an ever-increasing number of defects as a result of climate change and pesticide reduction. With its individual defect removal control, the SORTEX H enables processors to maintain sort quality with ease.

The SORTEX H also delivers up to 50% higher reject concentrations. Supplying maximum yields is in line with Bühler’s goal to reduce energy, waste, and water by 50% in its customers’ value chains by 2025 and to develop sustainable solutions to feed the world population of 10 billion by 2050.

Additionally, enhanced connectivity increases value for processors. Over 500 data points can be downloaded every second and sent to Bühler Insights to optimise and track performance. Processors can monitor and control their machine performance from anywhere in the world, in line with Industry 4.0 standards. Real-time tracking of sorting performance and emergency warnings are also possible thanks to the SORTEX Monitoring System.

Melvyn Penna, Product Manager at Bühler said: “MerlinAi is the new brain of Bühler’s SORTEX optical sorting machines. Its advanced multi-layer sorting algorithms ensure a consistently higher yield for processors, as less good product is lost in the reject stream. These all-new calibration and product tracking algorithms ensure that machine performance remains steady and high, giving processors greater flexibility.”

One customer that has been enjoying the benefits of the SORTEX H SpectraVision is Harivenasa. As Spain’s first oat mill, the company specialises in producing and supplying high-quality oats and other cereal-based products, maintaining an ethos that good health can be achieved by enjoying life and food.  Harivenasa had a seven-module SORTEX H SpectraVision machine installed last year in its brand-new oat mill.

Alberto Loizate, Managing Director, Harivenasa – Alea said: “We’re extremely happy with the SORTEX H because it’s very efficient, boosts our productivity, and we get much better quality now than we previously did in terms of unhusked grains, defects, black spots and so on.”  Since installing the machine, Harivenasa says it has seen improved quality in its oats and is now looking to enter new markets in new countries.

Loizate adds: “Our staff say that it’s much easier to navigate around the software and to maintain the machine. They also tell us that it’s easier to change parameters. In short, the SORTEX H makes their lives a lot easier. The return on investment will also be very short. We’ve already seen great quality with very low reject of product. The sorter has a lot of brand-new features, and it works with the latest remote connections and Bühler insights. With Bühler Insights, the machine is ready for the future.”

The SORTEX H SpectraVision, which is built and validated at Bühler’s London facility, has been installed at numerous customer sites around the world and is available for purchase globally. It is available with up to seven chutes. It was introduced to processors during a number of application- and region-specific webinars over the last couple of months. It was also showcased at this year’s ISF World Seed Congress in Barcelona as well as the IAOM in North America and IPACK-IMA in Milan.




Company info: Bühler Group