Key Technology Introduces High Capacity Veryx B210 Digital Sorter

Key Technology Introduces High Capacity Veryx B210 Digital Sorter

With an inspection area over 80 inches wide, it maximizes throughput on high-capacity lines.

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December 13, 2017
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Key Technology has introduced a new high-capacity digital sorter for the food processing industry – Veryx B210. With an inspection area over two meters (80 inches) wide, the belt-fed Veryx B210 maximizes throughput on high-capacity lines. Like all sorters in the Veryx family, the new B210 features advanced detection technology and an innovative system architecture that improve sorting accuracy, the company said. Recognizing objects’ color, size, shape and/or structural properties, Veryx sorters remove foreign material (FM) and product defects to improve product quality while virtually eliminating false rejects to increase yields.

Featuring a 2100-mm wide inspection zone, Veryx B210 offers a production capacity in excess of 23 metric tons (50,000 lb.) of product per hour, depending on the application. “In many food processing plants, there is a trend toward new, higher capacity production lines, as well as efforts to maximize throughput on existing line installations. Our Veryx B210 supports both of these scenarios. In some layouts, the B210 is capable of replacing two smaller capacity sorters to make the line flow more efficient,” said Marco Azzaretti, Advanced Inspection Systems Product Manager at Key.
The Veryx B210 complements Key’s other belt- and chute-fed Veryx sorters of various widths, enabling the Veryx family to meet the needs of production lines at any capacity requirement. The B210 and other belt-fed Veryx sorters are ideal for wet and frozen potato strips and specialty potato products as well as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, potato chips and other snack foods, confections, seafood and more. Chute-fed Veryx sorters are optimal for sorting nuts, dried fruits, IQF products and other free-flowing and bulk particulate foods.
Key tailors each Veryx sorter with the ideal sensor types, sensor positions, lighting, ejection system, product handling and software to meet each processor’s product requirements, including handling multiple product types and frequent changeovers, the company said. The system includes specialized infeed and collection shakers designed specifically for each application in order to maximize sorting performance. All Veryx sorters can be upgraded in the field with additional or different sensors, as customer requirements evolve over time.
Veryx can be configured to inspect product entirely in-air, with both top- and bottom-mounted sensors for food processors that require all-sided surface inspection with no blind spots to maximize defect detection and removal, the company said.
With bottom sensors positioned away from product splatter, Veryx ensures lower sensor windows will not be obstructed by contamination buildup over time. Eliminating this performance degradation issue keeps the bottom sensors operating at their peak. Its multi-sensor Pixel Fusion advanced detection feature combines pixel-level input from multiple cameras and laser sensors sharing the same line of sight, to more clearly differentiate good product, defects and FM. With Pixel Fusion, Veryx consistently removes the most difficult-to-detect FM and defects without false rejects, the company said. 
The next-generation cameras and laser sensors on Veryx offer high resolution to detect smaller FM and more subtle product defects. With up to four channels of information from cameras and up to eight channels of information from the laser scanner, combined with advanced LED lighting that operates at optimal frequencies in relation to each sensor, every Veryx sorter is designed to match sort requirements, from basic to the most complex.
Veryx’s separation/ejection system is also tailored to each product application with configurable air nozzles with respect to their pitch and power. The air nozzles’ actuation is controlled by intelligent software to strategically suit the size, shape and weight of each object targeted for separation. These features allow Veryx to remove from the product stream only objects that have been targeted for ejection, either because they are a contaminant or present quality defects, without disturbing good product.
Designed for extreme ease-of-use, Veryx includes smart features that enable it to adapt to normal changes in the product and environment without operator intervention. With auto-learning, self-adjustment algorithms, predictive system diagnostics, smart alarms and FMAlert, Veryx is designed to operate unattended during normal production operation.
The highly intuitive Veryx UI provides different views to users of various levels, depending on their needs, with recipe-driven operation and repeatable system calibration for consistent performance. Veryx is easily setup by the operator to run a new product or grade at the touch of a button, the company said, reducing operator qualification requirements and allowing a minimally skilled operator to become a proficient user of the system in less than one hour.
Veryx features Key’s Information Analytics, a set of data acquisition and connectivity capabilities that allow users to extract a broad range of product and operational data from the sorter. Data of interest can be shared for off-line analysis, integrated with other equipment on the line or exchanged directly with a customer’s SCADA, Manufacturing Execution System or PLC network. Key manufactures Veryx sorters in both the U.S. and Europe and supports customers worldwide through its global sales and service network. For more information, visit www.key.net/products/Veryx.