Fresh produce sorting system minimises human involvement while boosting throughput

Dutch developer Crux Agribotics has launched a fully automated fresh produce sorting system that it says enables suppliers "to anticipate market-growth and shortage of labour".

The SortiPack system offers automated grading, sorting and packing combined, guided by a vision system combining 2D and 3D imaging and smart classification algorithms to determine the optimal destination of each item.

Capable of working round the clock, it boasts a throughput of up to 20,000 pieces per hour, depending on number of classes, weight and size of the product, while decisions can be relied upon to be objective and consistent.

It also makes data on harvest, product quality and packing readily accessible, enabling growers to assess quality in real time and take predictive measures such as selling in advance.

Already optimised to handle cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers, the SortiPack system can also suggest sorting classifications based on parameters such as dimensions, weight and product quality.

The system is available under what Crux calls a SPaaS (Sort and Pack as a Service) model, by which most of the investment is made on a pay-as-you-use basis.

It was launched last week at the GreenTech trade show in Amsterdam.

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