ENGLAND — Swiss Bühler Group has launched its latest optical sorter for wheat, rye, oats, grains, coffee, and pulses: the SORTEX H SpectraVision.

Using British and Swiss engineering, it offers three key benefits for customers: unmatched ease of use, high performance, and enhanced connectivity contributing to increased sustainability. 

The SORTEX H also delivers up to 50% higher reject concentrations. Supplying maximum yields is in line with Bühler’s goal to reduce energy, waste, and water by 50% in its customers’ value chains by 2025 and to develop sustainable solutions to feed the world population of 10 billion by 2050. 

Its enhanced connectivity increases value for processors with over 500 data points that can be downloaded every second and sent to Bühler Insights to optimize and track performance.

Processors can monitor and control their machine performance from anywhere in the world, in line with Industry 4.0 standards. Real-time tracking of sorting performance and emergency warnings are also possible thanks to the SORTEX Monitoring System. 

The SORTEX H SpectraVision is available for purchase globally and has already been installed at numerous customer sites around the world, including Spain’s first oat mill, Harivenasa.

The company which specializes in producing and supplying high-quality oats and other cereal-based products had a seven-module SORTEX H SpectraVision machine installed last year in its brand-new oat mill.

“We’re extremely happy with the SORTEX H because it’s very efficient, boosts our productivity, and we get much better quality now than we previously did in terms of unhusked grains, defects, black spots and so on,” said Alberto Loizate, managing director for Harivenasa-Alea.

The SORTEX H SpectraVision is the result of Bühler’s 75 years of experience in optical sorting. It can trace its roots back to 1947 when owners of a seed company were searching for a solution to the laborious practice of manually handpicking seeds.

The first G1 sorter could sort peas, beans, corn, small grains, coffee beans, nuts, and other applications of similar size, at a rate of 10 kg per hour. Seventy-five years later and capacity is now 10,000 kg per hour.

“In the last 75 years, our sorting capacity and accuracy, the number of application fields, and, consequently, the business, have all grown considerably,” said Melvyn Penna, product manager at Bühler.

Now, the Bühler Group, of which Sortex is a part, has a hand in processing over 60% of the world’s grain and 30% of the world’s rice and is regarded as one of the most highly trusted technology providers for sorting solutions in the industry.

Bühler Sortex commemorated its anniversary on June 9 with an internal celebration at its London office.

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