Satake drives efficiency in grain processing with launch of a new optical sorter

JAPAN – Satake, a leading Japanese food and agricultural equipment manufacturer, has launched a new optical sorter aimed at helping agro-processing companies efficiently sort grains, pulses, seeds and many other products. 

According to the company, the new optical sorter dubbed “NIRAMI series” is larger and comes in various sizes, all featuring extra wide chutes and flexible configurations, to meet the needs of grain processing companies at different stages of growth. 

Additionally, the sorter’s newly designed optics detect and distinguish subtle color differences utilizing RGB full color cameras. 

Nirami also comes equipped with shape recognition technology to sort the material by shape, such as broken or adhered, which conventional color sorters could not achieve.  

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Its new responsive reject ejection system and Satake’s latest image processing technology guarantees the maximum product purity with minimum loss of good material.  

Satake says that the result of these features is an extremely accurate and controllable sort to ensure clean and safe finished product. 

Companies also have the option of incorporating infrared (IR) cameras onto the optical sorter to aid in removing inorganic foreign materials. 

The sorters open frame design allows for easy cleaning to prevent cross contamination and convenient access for maintenance while its large LED operation indicator allows the operators to see the machine status at a glance. 

Another standout feature of the new optical sorter is Satake’s unique 3S software for simple intuitive set up and adjustment which helps to maximize performance, profitability and fast return on investment.  

Grain handlers also have an option of requesting for remote access via secure internet connection giving them flexibility to monitor performance and an easier access to diagnostic support. 

The launch of the new optical sorter comes barely a month after the new company President Kazuhisa Matsumoto assumed office. 

Mr. Matsumoto’s appointment was made in February and become effective June 1. 

He has been a board member of the Satake Group since 2018 in various capacities including senior managing director (2019) and Vice President (2020). 

Before joining Satake’s board of directors in 2018, Matsumoto served for eight years as the head of the Corporate Planning Office. 

The board also appointed the previous chairperson, Toshiko Satake, as an honorary chairperson; Takeshi Fukumori as a representative director and chairperson; and Kazuyuki Kihara as a representative director and vice chairperson. 

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