July 12, 2019

Key Technology rolls out VERYX sorters for wet-end vegetable processing

Key Technology has introduced its VERYX belt-fed digital sorter with specific elements designed to benefit vegetable processors producing multiple products.

VERYX is the world’s only belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors in order to detect and eliminate all foreign material (FM) and the right amount of product defects to make grade. Featuring Key’s unique recipe-driven operation, along with hardware and software to sort any number of different products, VERYX can be changed over to handle a new product in seconds. With sort recipes saved to memory for quick recall, VERYX eases use and ensures repeatable results to optimize product quality and maximize yield, according to the company.

For processors of both canned and frozen vegetables that are sorting a variety of wet products prior to blanching, Key said it tailors each belt-fed VERYX with the ideal sensors, sensor positions, lighting, ejection system, product handling and software dedicated to the processor’s products and objectives. Capable of detecting color, size, shape and structural properties of every object, including the presence or absence of chlorophyll, VERYX removes insects, animal parts, paperboard, wood, rocks, plastics, glass and extraneous vegetative matter such as weeds and other plant materials, as well as product defects. VERYX comes in different sizes to satisfy a range of production capacity requirements.

VERYX can be configured to sort virtually any vegetable. It comes programmed, ready to run all the products specified by the customer. Recipes can be uploaded for each product type and/or for each final product specification, as defined by the processor.

The next-generation four-channel cameras and laser scanners available on VERYX offer twice the resolution of previous sensor technology. Optional Pixel Fusion combines pixel-level input from multiple cameras and laser sensors to produce higher contrasts and enable the most-difficult-to-detect FM and defects to be removed without false rejects. When configured with top- and bottom-mounted sensors, VERYX achieves all-sided surface inspection to maximize FM and defect detection. By positioning bottom-mounted sensors, along with light sources and backgrounds, away from product splatter, VERYX sustains full-surface inspection throughout the longest production cycles in the most demanding environments.

For more information on Key’s VERYX, visit www.key.net/products/veryx.