BEST Showcases Two New Generation Free-Fall Sorters During Process Expo 2011.

BEST showcases two new generation free-fall sorters during Process Expo 2011.

At BEST, innovation not only stands for developing new concepts, but also doing research to retrofit our existing equipment with the latest and greatest, according to the customer's feedback and needs. The company focuses on quality and reliability, and is constantly striving to develop advanced, innovative and complete solutions for every sorting challenge imaginable. With the launch of the next generation free fall sorters, the Opus and the Nimbus, BEST creates new possibilities and again sets the standard.

The Nimbus is a laser / camera sorting solution that combines the efficiency of the laser detection on foreign material, together with the accuracy of the camera detecting discolorations and shape differences in free-fall. The sorter detects all color, structure, size and shape defects from a stream of good products. Besides these conventional sorting methods, the Nimbus is also able to sort based on biological characteristics, such as chlorophyll (Fluo(TM)), mycotoxins (Detox(TM)), and water (SWIR).

To sort on shape characteristics, the machine is equipped with an additional module with a general shape sorting toolbox that adds complementary sorting capabilities by applying object oriented features like length, width, diameter, area, broken piece recognition, etc. ...

The sorter also features 3-way sorting, designed for the removal of unwanted products with high accuracy, very low false reject and an optimal yield. 3-way sorting capabilities on the BEST sorters feature two ejector modules, allowing processors to separate different reject streams that before ended up in the same stream.

The new revolutionary sorter has a new and more powerful hardware processing platform, allowing the implementation of new modules, like the BEST Smart Sort and BEST Flex Sort.

By analyzing intelligently the incoming products, the Smart Sort module helps the operator in setting parameters. This new feature ensures a faster and easy configuration of the machine. Also the operator has the possibility to adjust the sensitivity set by the Smart Sort module, according to the changing sorting circumstances.

The digital Flex Sort allows the operator to quickly switch from sorting one product to another without having to make any mechanical adjustments. It is a revolutionary technology that also ensures an improved contrast between good products and defects. By using this module, customers can maximize the ease of operation and uptime, optimize the sorting performance and minimize the investments.

The Opus is a unique, state-of-the art free-fall modular camera and laser sorter with a small footprint and the ideal inspection width (1 meter) to integrate in a IQF fruit or vegetable packing line.

It is a modular system, with single or double sided camera and laser combinations. The sorter features the new high resolution BEST camera that can be combined with SWIR technology. The camera, exclusively developed for BEST, is provided with an adapted spectrum, ideal for optical sorting.

It also features our new industrial high quality lenses with an advanced focusing system. The laser configuration is the optimal solution to detect foreign material among good products. Thanks to the SWIR technology, water based products such as frozen fruit and vegetables absorbing the light, and difficult defects such as wood and plastic reflecting it, are detected.

Contaminations (glass, cardboard, metal, ...) are detected and rejected from the good product, providing optimum sorting efficiency, with an extremely low false reject.

This new generation of the Opus sorter also features 3-way sorting, for an optimal removal of defects and improved yield.

With these two new technological innovations, BEST is again setting the requirements for a new era in sorting. For every sorting issue, BEST can now offer a solution, with multiple combinations in platforms and sorting technologies.

Both sorting solutions will be presented at Process Expo, 1-4 November in Chicago. Our experts will welcome you at booth 4216. For more information please contact Björn Weyts at or +32 16 741 906.

PROCESS EXPO is the premier worldwide trade show for leaders in the food and beverage industry. Held Nov. 1-4, 2011, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, the show will feature the latest processing technologies presented by 450+ exhibitors. A world-class educational program, including a full day of Spanish-language sessions, will provide much of the technical expertise to complement the practical applications seen on the show floor. PROCESS EXPO is produced by The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. Register today at

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