Bühler to Spotlight Optical Sorting Technology in Berlin

Visitors to the Bühler Group’s booth during the February 8-10 Fruit Logistica in Berlin will be greeted by Stefano Bonacina, the company’s new segment development manager for fruit and vegetables in Europe and the CIS (Russian Commonwealth). Show-goers will also have an opportunity to step inside the SORTEX F, which is promoted as “the most hygienic optical sorting platform for frozen fruit and vegetables” in the food processing industry.

Stefano BonacinaStefano BonacinaAvailable with SORTEX PolarVision technology, the system actively targets small and difficult-to-detect foreign material (FM) and thus enables processors to sort produce hygienically – making it easier to comply with strict safety specifications.

“Bühler’s optical sorting portfolio, which includes the popular and respected SORTEX K and SORTEX E ranges, provides solutions for all stages of fruit and vegetable processing – from farm to freezer,” said Bonacina. “The addition of the new SORTEX F, developed by our in-house specialists, offers the most advanced hygienic technology to date, with a stainless-steel frame, sloped surfaces, hygienic conduits, and hygienic grade fixings. With zero tolerance for product build-up, it minimizes the risk of contamination.”

inside sortexSORTEX PolarVision technology, available on SORTEX F and SORTEX E models, is a sophisticated FM detection system, capable of delivering desired results across a wide variety of frozen products – from mono items such as peas or raspberries, to complex vegetable or fruit mixes. It uses a combination of sophisticated technologies, developed in response to industry demands for an advanced solution to tackle hazardous and problematic FM, including snails, dark and light plastics, wood, cardboard, cigarette ends, glass and stone.

Bonacina, whose experience in the fruit and vegetable processing industry spans 29 years, started his career in the packaging side of the business. Before stepping into his current role, the 18-year Bühler veteran was the company’s sales and service engineer manager in Italy. He will be joined at Bühler Booth B-24 in Hall 8.1 by regional specialists from Poland, the Benelux, Austria and the United Kingdom.