TOMRA Sorting GmbH

- Model Helius - Tobacco Sorting Equipment



The Helius Tobacco sorting machine provides a solution for sorting higher capacities of tobacco. It can handle up to eight tons per hour, depending on product and equipment configuration. The ‘black box sorter’ concept comprises of a total integrated solution that can easily fit into an existing line.

With up to twelve individual laser signals, the Helius™ Tobacco free fall laser sorter detects all non-tobacco related material (NTRM) from a stream of product. Besides the conventional sorting methods such as color, structure and size, the Helius™ Tobacco sorting machine is able to sort based on biological characteristics, invisible to the human eye. Combined with our patented Fluo technology, the sorter detects the slightest shades of chlorophyll to create an even better contrast between the good product and defects.

Within milliseconds, powerful air guns remove any NTRM accurately and allow the good product to proceed its natural free fall.

Depending on the tobacco to be sorted (stems or lamina), the infeed arrangement can vary from a flat pan to cascaded shaker, providing sufficient spreading of the tobacco product and thus ensuring optimal sorting performances. Based on the product’s size, densities and flow rates, the sorters can be equipped with a single or double sided inspection module.

  • Maximum efficiency in all conditions
  • Calibration free
  • Small footprint
  • Upgradeable
  • Self-learning (Flex & Smart Sort Technology)
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to operate

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