TOBACCO PROCESSING WATCHDOG FOR IMPROVED QUALITY
TOMRA Sorting Tobacco developed Cerberus in conjunction with the Italian tobacco machinery manufacturer COMAS.
Cerberus uses COMAS's industry proven SRS-type string removal system, which contains scalping rollers fitted with Velcro strips to agitate the product and remove any strings.
Following this, a precision-engineered set of disc-type rollers installed in cascade combine with high speed accelerating belts to increase the product's speed gradually. This creates an optimal monolayer spread of tobacco products, which is essential for further downstream sorting techniques.
The roller set-up also ensures the separation of small tobacco fragments from larger tobacco parts, known to be the most contaminated product fraction. This bi-directional belt underneath the rollers then provides the option to either process the small tobacco fragments separately or keep them combined with the product over the rollers.
MORE ACCURATE AND EFFICIENT INTEGRATED METAL DETECTION AND STRING REMOVAL SYSTEM
The product monolayer is processed further by passing an electromagnetic (EM) sensor. This detects both ferrous and non-ferrous items at an accuracy level beyond what is achievable with existing systems. TOMRA Sorting Tobacco delivers this by combining Cerberus's EM sensor with its SUPPIX® image processing technology, which has been successfully used by TOMRA's global recycling business for more than fifteen years.
Other systems use one large drop flap to remove contaminants. Cerberus combines the EM sensor and SUPPIX® technology, allowing it to employ extremely accurate, high-pressure air valves to expel metal fragments.
SAVE SPACE & TIME
Cerberus significantly reduces the floor space needed to accommodate such a system and the amount of equipment required for cleaning and maintenance. It is much more compact and has fewer components than the traditional multiple ring loop metal detection and conveyor machines on the market.
A high-speed discharge belt then ensures that the product continues its processing or, for those tobacco processors with a TOMRA Sorting Tobacco machine, such as the Helius™ or TB5™, directly into the sorter's free-fall or belt infeed arrangement.
CERBERUS TOBACCO SORTING MACHINE: OVERVIEW
- String removal, based on COMAS's SRS industry-proven string removal system
- Roller deck-based product opener/fragmentizer with directional discharge
- EM-based metal detector - incorporating TOMRA Sorting Recycling's proven SUPPIX® image processing technology and multi-ejector based removal system
- High-speed belt accelerator to enhance product singulation and monolayer formation
TOBACCO SORTING APPLICATIONS