Key technology introduces Optyx WPS whole potato sorting unit.
The Optyx WPS See Windows Printing System and Workplace Shell.
(unit) wps - (Obsolete) Words per second (mostly used for Telex and TWX transmission). , said to be the first optical sorting system for whole potatoes, has been rolled out by Key Technology.
The system achieves a three-way sort using a combination of air ejectors to remove foreign material and a deflector system to separate potatoes for rework from good potatoes. Maximizing the removal of foreign material and providing gentle handling to avoid potato damage, Optyx WPS is designed to improve product quality and protect downstream equipment while reducing labor costs and increasing yields.
Combining Key's proprietary color cameras with Raptor laser technology, Optyx WPS can sort peeled and peel-on product, differentiating peel from scab, bruise, rot and green defects. Using cameras, it recognizes color, size and shape to remove potatoes needing re-work based on the presence of peel, scab, or other defects, as well as those that fail to meet standards for length, width or shape. In combination with Raptor laser technology, it detects and removes foreign material based on the structural properties of the material, as well as visible color.
As product passes through the sorter, it is scanned by cameras while still on the conveyor belt conveyor belt
One of various devices that provide mechanized movement of material, as in a factory. Conveyor belts are used in industrial applications and also on large farms, in warehousing and freight-handling, and in movement of raw materials. . Product is then launched off the end of the Optyx WPS belt for inair viewing by the Raptor laser sensor. Using proprietary image processing image processing
Set of computational techniques for analyzing, enhancing, compressing, and reconstructing images. Its main components are importing, in which an image is captured through scanning or digital photography; analysis and manipulation of the image, accomplished technology, the sorter analyzes the images, comparing each object to previously defined accept/reject standards. When foreign material is identified, the system activates the close-coupled high-speed air ejector ejector
n by common usage, a device used to remove debris and fluids by negative pressure. Another term is
aspirator. See also aspirator. system, which is made up of a series of high-flow valves spaced 0.25 inches (6mm) apart that span the width of the system. While the foreign material is still airborne, the air jets pinpoint the object to reject and precisely remove it from the product stream via the FM chute.
When off-grade potatoes are detected, the system activates the close-coupled deflectors, which span the width of the sorter. The system raises the appropriate deflectors before the off-grade potato reaches it, producing a ramp that gently deflects the tuber tuber, enlarged tip of a rhizome (underground stem) that stores food. Although much modified in structure, the tuber contains all the usual stem parts—bark, wood, pith, nodes, and internodes. into a higher trajectory and onto the top deck The term Top Deck can refer to a number of things:
deck - any of various platforms built into a vessel of the collection conveyor or chute.
Optyx 6000 WPS handles up to 100,000 pounds (45 metric tons) of whole potatoes per hour. By sorting tubers prior to cutting, processors protect the cutters' knives from damage caused by foreign material, which maximizes product quality and improves production line uptime. By automating the sort, labor costs are reduced.
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