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Australia Nut Conference

Shaping the future of nuts

21 - 22 April 2015

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Visitors to this month’s Australian Nut Conference can hear about the broad range of leading-edge sensor-based sorting systems available from TOMRA Sorting Food.

Held every two years, the Australian Nut Conference boasts high quality speakers, sponsors and exhibitors and has developed into a key event for the nut industry supply chain. This year’s conference takes place at the Swissotel in Sydney, from April 20 to 22. TOMRA’s experts will be in Booth 1.

TOMRA’s specialists will be ready to discuss a variety of nuts sorting solutions, including the Nimbus BSI, Ixus Bulk, Genius and Helius. Additionally, they will provide valuable information about Advanced Foreign Material Detection and the Detox solution, which detects harmful aflatoxins.

All these TOMRA systems can work with a very wide variety of nuts, including almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts, to enhance the quality, safety and salability of customers’ output and protect their brands.

Karel Strubbe, TOMRA Sorting Food's sales manager for the Americas and Oceania, said: “The Nimbus BSI optical sorter uses a range of technologies to remove unwanted material. It includes our unique biometric signature identification technology, which detects important characteristics of objects it scans and compares them to features in its stored database, to determine whether they should be accepted or rejected. Features of the machine include pre and reverse recycle sorts and a huge contrast between good and bad objects.

“Benefits of the Nimbus BSI are its user-friendliness – it is easy to set and operate, with one program fitting all nut varieties - requires little maintenance, offers high capacity and optimised sorts, as well as increased uptime, quality, throughput and yield.”

Mr Strubbe said: “Like the Nimbus BSI, the Genius optical belt sorting machine uses various technologies to remove a range of defects, including all unwanted discolorations and foreign materials. The system is user-friendly, demands little maintenance, is modular and upgradeable, delivers gentle handling, offers high capacity, provides very fast payback on investment and supplies consistent, long-life accuracy.”

The Ixus Bulk sorter uses the latest x-ray and imaging technology to guarantee the effective removal of metal, stones, pits, glass, high density plastics and other objects. Benefits for customers include its superior safety, minimized yield loss, ease-of-use and integration with other TOMRA equipment, flexibility and unparalleled throughput.

TOMRA’s Helius free-fall sorter specializes in free-flowing, dry products, including nuts, and removes defects by sorting according to biological characteristics, damage and moisture content.

The Helius systems are low maintenance, easy to operate and deliver maximum efficiency in all conditions. In addition, they have small footprints and are self-learning. Different laser technologies are available, which can be tailored to customer applications, and the Helius offers synchronization between low and high capacities, plus unvarying precision during its lengthy lifetime.

Mr Strubbe said: “Visitors can also find out about our revolutionary Detox optical sorting system, which detects and rejects aflatoxin – one of the world’s most toxic substances and a cause of serious health problems.

“The Detox illuminates the product flow at a particular wavelength, causing the light to show a distinctive pattern when reflected by the fungus. The system then removes any nut infected with aflatoxin, even at high flow rates and despite this ‘fingerprint’ being of low intensity and invisible to the human eye.

“The Detox can be provided with a rear ejection system, to increase efficiency and reduce air consumption. Its technology can also be installed on different TOMRA machines, including the Helius and Nimbus.”

21 - 22 April, 2015

Booth 1


68 Market Street


New South Wales 2000


  • The Australian Nut Conference official website.