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blizzard sorting machine by tomra

The Blizzard free fall, pulsed LED, camera sorting machine is the ideal and most cost-effective optical food sorting machine within the Individually Quick Frozen vegetable and fruit processing industry.


The Blizzard provides continuous food inspection to ensure customer satisfaction with the removal of unwanted foreign material, discolorations, and misshapen products while enhancing your production line for maximum yields and product safety.


Grano, BR

Grano Alimentos, a leading company in the production and commercialization of frozen vegetables in Brazil, is pioneering automation in its sector and has acquired the first sorting machine for its production line. It has recently invested in cutting-edge technology with the purchase of the first Blizzard equipment in Brazil.

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Begro, BE


The Belgian family business Begro explains how TOMRA has helped it live up to its motto of Great taste in frozen foods.



  • Innovative optical setup
  • Compact and sanitary design
  • Easy to use
  • Intuitive interface

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Key features

Sensor Technology

The Blizzard is a cost-effective alternative to TOMRA’s Helius and Nimbus sorters that can be tailored according to your specific needs. It is a small footprint, free-fall, food sorting machine, that was specifically designed to fit in processing lines and is optimal for positioning with the output of IQF tunnels or packaging lines. 
Pulsed LEDs with different wavelengths and specifically designed sensors ensure a reliable detection of colour, shape, and structural differences. State-of-the-art air ejectors remove unwanted material with millisecond precision, allowing the good product to continue for further processing. The small pitch system ensures efficient removal of all defects at high capacity, providing a high-quality end product while reducing good product loss and minimizing labor costs to increasing yield and profitability.

Product Benefits

  • Increased uptime, quality & yield
  • Ambient substraction: no influence of external/environmental light
  • Active background: also dark objects can be detected
  • High capacity
  • User-friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Designed to fit the output of IQF tunnels and packaging lines

Advanced Sorting Criteria

The Blizzard can sort multiple food applications according to the following sorting parameters:

  • Detailed size/ geometry
  • Detailed shape
  • Colour
  • Subtle defects
  • Biological characteristics
  • Blemishes
  • Damage
  • Foreign material (including glass & transparant foil)

Technical specification

 Blizzard 640
Capacity3 - 5 tons/hr (please check for correct capacities per product type)
(L x W x H, mm)
2,932 x 2,161 x 1,996 mm (115.4 x 85.1 x 78.6")
Infeed belt width1,905 mm (75")
Air pressure input6 - 10 bar
Electrical consumption1ph: 1.5 kVA + 3ph: 3.4 kVA