TOMRA Sorting GmbH

- Model Helius - Food Sorting Machine



The Helius free-fall sorting machine provides an optical sorting solution for a huge amount of food applications. Dry product processors benefit from TOMRA's Helius P sorter, specialised in sorting free flowing dry products such as seeds, rice, nuts, grains and many more.

By implementing the Helius™ in your food processing line you will be able to guarantee an outstanding final product quality and therefore great customer satisfaction with products free of unwanted discoloration and foreign material.

  • Ejector valves reject defects within milliseconds
  • Compact footprint requiring minimum space
  • Quality control and feedback accessible through intuitive touch screen
  • Upgradable and modular sorting machine design
  • Different types of laser technologies available, tailored to the application
  • Synchronization between low and high capacities
  • Highly efficient ejection system
  • Consistent long life accuracy

Sensor Technology

With up to twelve individual laser signals, the Helius™ and Helius™ P detect colour, structure, size and shape defects from a stream of good product. Powerful air guns remove defects accurately from the good product. The sorting machines are also able to sort based on biological characteristics, invisible to the human eye. Combined with the patented Fluo™ technology, the Helius™ and Helius™ P sorting machines detect the slightest shades of chlorophyll to create an even better contrast between good products and defects.

Other technologies available are SWIR, Detox™ (for aflatoxin) and AFMD. After the inspection of your product, the unwanted material is ejected via a front or a rear ejection system (RES™). The manifold position before or behind the particular product provides high rejection accuracy, efficiency and consistent sorting. The Helius™ sorting machine can also be equipped with a 3-way sorting system for greater flexibility, even lower false reject and improved yield.

Product Benefits
  • Maximum efficiency in all conditions
  • Calibration free
  • Small footprint
  • Upgradeable
  • Self-learning (Smart Sort technology)
  • Low on maintenance
  • Easy to operate
Advanced Sorting Criteria

The Helius™ and Helius™ P can sort multiple food applications by the following sorting criteria:

  • Advanced Foreign Material Detection
  • Biological characteristics
  • Chlorophyll
  • Damage
  • Moisture content
  • Mycotoxins
  • Foreign material
  • Subtle blemishes
  • Subtle color
  • Subtle defect

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