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cerberus tobacco sorting machine by tomra


TOMRA Sorting Tobacco developed the world’s first tobacco sorting machine integrating string removal, small product fragmentation, metal detection and product singulation/monolayer formation, all within one compact machine: the Cerberus. TOMRA’s Cerberus is the first of its kind, which makes it an exemplary piece of advanced tobacco sorting technology.

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 a set of 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 gradually increase the speed of the product. This creates an optimal monolayer spread of tobacco product which is essential for further downstream sorting techniques.

The roller set-up also ensures that small tobacco fragments are segregated from larger tobacco parts, which are 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 then processed further by passing an electromagnetic (EM) sensor which detects both ferrous and non-ferrous items at an accuracy level beyond what is achievable with existing systems. TOMRA Sorting Tobacco is able to deliver 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 over fifteen years.

Where other systems use one large drop flap to remove contaminants, Cerberus combines the EM sensor and SUPPIX® technology to allow it to employ extremely accurate high pressure air valves to expel metal fragments.

SAVE SPACE & TIME

Cerberus also significantly reduces both the floor space needed to accommodate such a system and the amount of equipment which requires cleaning and maintenance, as it is much more compact and has fewer components than the traditional multiple ring loop metal detection and conveyor machines currently available.

A high speed discharge belt then ensures that the product is sent into either continued 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

Find out more about TOMRA’s Cerberus tobacco sorting machine in our press release.

Technical specification

 Cerberus 1200Cerberus 1600
Capacity4,000 kg/h (8,800 lbs/h)5,000 kg/h (11,000 lbs/h)
Dimensions
(L x W x H, mm)
5,400 x 2,000 x 3,000 mm (212.60 x 78.74 x 118.11")5,400 x 2,380 x 3,000 mm (212.60 x 93.70 x 118.11")
Infeed belt width1,150 mm1,550 mm
Air pressure input6 - 8 bar (87 - 116 psi)6 - 8 bar (87 - 116 psi)
Electrical consumption7,5 kW 7,5 kW