Using Bühler’s patented PROfile technology, the SORTEX A and F can detect shells, fragments, shape defects and FM as small as 2 mm in size, which is ideal for Stahmanns’ requirements. Three dynamic technologies are combined to facilitate the company’s most complex of sorting tasks. Firstly, PROshape is an intelligent detection technology which inspects product based on shape criteria when the defective product is the same color as good product. Secondly, PROsize is an ideal solution to separate undersized and oversized produce, as well as broken produce. And finally, PROcolor maximizes commodity value by defining multiple grades of quality product. This adds greater value to Stahmanns pecans by setting higher limits of quality.
“Less shell has undoubtedly resulted in an increase in our food quality and safety. Right now there will be one shell in every six boxes, previously we were averaging two shells per box.
“Without Sortex technology we would probably have to resort to selling in-shell pecans only and that would reduce our profits, in turn lowering our market position,” adds Rovirosa.