A couple of gummy bears without ears? A stray splinter of wood in a bag of licorice?
Today, more than ever before, quality problems can put your reputation at risk. After all, candy is an eminently emotional product. Consumers are not only more demanding, but also more empowered. Before you know it, negative reactions are easily shared on Facebook and Twitter - from dissatisfied candy lovers, to concerned parents. One destructive post is often enough to completely damage your reputation. The reach of social media is large and the Internet never forgets.
Moreover, the rules on food safety are being tightened worldwide. It’s no different for candy, which is an extremely competitive market. In addition, medicines and vitamins in gums are becoming increasingly popular. And if there’s one sector that places high demands on food safety and quality, it’s pharmaceuticals.
So compromises on quality are out of the question, but you don’t want to put your profitability at risk. In short, it is important to optimize your sorting process: detect as many foreign materials and defects as possible, without unnecessarily removing good candy.
The NEXUS is available in different scan widths, up to 1200 mm, and is equipped with durable and energy-efficient LED lighting that produces little heat.
The controlled, vibrating feed with sieve ensures that the products to be sorted are better distributed, allowing them to be analyzed more accurately and reducing the risk of false rejections. In addition, the sieve removes any small pieces and impurities - a form of pre-sorting.
By default, the NEXUS features four advanced high-resolution color cameras and smart, specialized algorithms for shape recognition, resulting in superlative defect detection and excellent good-to-bad ratio. Two optional RGBi cameras maximize sorting accuracy.
Do you want to sort even more accurately? Then choose a scan width of 1200 mm and use the DRS sorting mode (Defect Return System mode): the rejected products are put into a re-sorting stream and inspected for a second time. Any incorrectly rejected candy may then still be accepted.
The result: a naturally superior good-to-bad ratio and a higher yield.
Most image processing algorithms reduce the RGBi signal of a colour camera from four to two dimensions. This may result in the loss of valuable information. All signals, both from the cameras and from the different lasers, are interpreted simultaneously by means of our algorithms, resulting in a more accurate detection of foreign objects and defects, plus a lower risk of false detections.
Accurate defect detection is pointless without an equally accurate ejection system. The distance between our air ducts, centre-to-centre is 7.5 mm instead of the usual 10 mm. Thus there are more ducts that are able to blow more effectively and that improves the ejection accuracy. There is also a high-resolution valve system with a centre-to-centre distance of 5 mm for specific applications. Optionally, also a double reject system is available resulting into a 3-way sort.
Why not use the data recorded by the cameras to adjust your sorting process where necessary? An optional module that filters data to parameters of your choice - length, shape, colour, defect level, etc. - and makes them available to your operators in a clear numerical or graphical way, so that they can intervene if desired. This module lays the basis for ‘sort to spec’.
Setting acceptance thresholds is often time-consuming and complex. This is not the case with Optimum Sorting systems. Your operators no longer have to work with graphs or formulae themselves. Our machines can easily be calibrated by selecting images of acceptable and unacceptable products.
Thanks to the CUMULUS sorting platform with Artificial Intelligence, operating our sorting machines is child's play. Your operators see all relevant information at a glance.
If you want to operate your sorting machines centrally, then no problem! Our solutions are easily integrated into your network, so that your operators and supervisors can keep an eye on things from any network computer.
Optimum Sorting systems are made from stainless steel and all components to be cleaned are easily accessible. This way hygiene is guaranteed and cleaning costs you hardly any time and effort.
Moreover our machines are designed in such a way that any contamination has no impact on the sorting. Furthermore, they excel in stability, which means that your sorting process requires virtually no manual intervention. You can switch from one product to another or from one specification to another with just one press of a button.
And finally, their sturdy construction offers you a maximum uptime with minimum maintenance.
The world is our market place, the joined forces of product, process and country specialists make the difference between a good and the best product. We cannot do this by ourselves only, but make use of our partnerships with true professionals and market-leaders. Together with our partners we can delivery you turn-key tailor made solutions. You will benefit for the combination of our knowledge.