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The Blizzard’s high-resolution cameras are combined with pulsed LED light for strong imaging contrast, achieving an accuracy close to that of sorters with laser technology. This results in the highly efficient removal from the production line of foreign materials and products with color and shape defects. And because of its compact, space-saving design, the Blizzard fits well in most production lines.
In the last 10 years, frozen fruit and vegetable production has increased in Türkiye for both the export and the domestic markets. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this growth - during this period Mapeks’ capacity has grown 50%.
Mustafa Memur observes: "The pandemic has reshaped some of our consumption habits. Foods that can be stored for longer periods without losing nutritional value, and which contain no additives, have become more popular. This means demand for frozen foods has increased, which is speeding-up the process of consumers changing their habits, especially in Türkiye. To meet the increased demand, Mapeks has increased its capacity and retained and upgraded product quality by using cutting-edge technology. We are absolutely sure that our TOMRA machine will benefit us in these areas."
TOMRA Food Türkiye’s Sales Manager for Processed Food, Bugra Bulut, said: "The sorting performance and effectiveness of the Blizzard is impressive. Unwanted product defects, foreign materials, and shape distortions are removed with such precision that waste of saleable product is minimized and yield is maximized". This is due to the intensity of the pulsed LED lights, which ensures more accurate sorting than traditionally lit machines.
"Despite difficult and sometimes dirty working conditions, the Blizzard’s performance does not deteriorate significantly over a long shift. But most importantly, the Blizzard has an unrivaled cost-yield balance. Compared to other camera-based machines, the Blizzard is more like sorting machines with camera-laser combinations. It offers an extremely cost-effective performance for IQF fruit processors."