Digital sorter for food makers


Key Technology has expanded its VERYX family of digital sorters with the addition of the new VERYX C70. This small chute-fed sorter is ideal for low- to mid-capacity production lines. With advanced inspection technology tailored to the exact needs of each application, VERYX sorters maximize the accuracy of defect and foreign material (FM) removal and/or product grading based on objects’ color, size, shape and/or structural properties. This extreme precision enables food processors to achieve their product quality specifications while virtually eliminating false rejects to increase yields.

The VERYX C70 is designed to sort line capacities ranging from less than one metric ton (2,220 lbs.) up to five metric tons (11,000 lbs.) of product per hour. Its 700-mm wide inspection zone is more than 10 percent wider than other sorters in its size category. This wider inspection zone enables VERYX to maintain a higher throughput within a similar footprint and better singulation of product to improve sorting accuracy.

Like the high capacity VERYX C140 sorter, VERYX C70 sorts free-flowing foods such as nuts, dried fruit and IQF products including fruit, vegetables, seafood and more. These two chute-fed sorters complement Key’s belt-fed VERYX sorters, which can be configured for wet and frozen potato strips and specialty potato products, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, potato chips and other snack foods, confections and more.

Chute-fed VERYX sorters feature Key’s patented Chycane chute, a unique concave-shaped slide that stabilizes product as it enters the inspection and ejection zones to produce a consistent trajectory that improves sorting accuracy. The systems include specialized infeed and collection shakers designed specifically for each application to maximize sorting performance. Extremely gentle handling minimizes product breakage and degradation, which is especially important for fragile, high-value products.

Featuring a highly customizable modular design that is scalable, Key tailors each VERYX system around the product characteristics and production objectives of each processor with the ideal sensor types, sensor positions, lighting, ejection system, product handling, software and more. VERYX can be easily upgraded in the field with additional or different sensors, as customer requirements evolve over time.