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halo sorting machine by tomra

The Halo is a sensor-based optical food sorting solution for many fruits and vegetables. The Halo is a high-performance machine sorting on size and quality, thus ensuring and improving food safety.


The family business Hof Trumann has installed a Halo for the sorting of unwashed, brushed potatoes. Since the installation of the sorting machine, there was an increase in efficiency, turnover and quality of the end product. Read their testimonial.

After installing TOMRA Sorting Food’s Halo carrot sorting machine, Verduyn has realized the machine’s many benefits include significant labor reduction, increased yields and improved product quality. Read Alexander Verduyn's testimonial.

TOMRA’s Halo sorter has proven to be a versatile and highly-efficient sorting solution, sorting peach and apricot slices, wedges and halves. The Halo has also increased operations capacity to an hourly output of seven to eight tons - an increase from four to five tons before installation. The sorter has replaced over 70 manual pickers from the peach processing line, which means labor costs have been reduced by 80 percent, while yield has increased by 30 percent. Read Kangfa Foods entire customer testimonial.

Check out our latest customer video, this time with La Morena in Mexico, to find out how we help them reduce product waste and improve profitability while sorting jalapenos and peppers.


  • High capacity and low maintenance food sorting machine
  • Flexible food sorting machine with gentle handling assured
  • Quality control and feedback accessible through intuitive touch screen
  • Consistent long life accuracy



TOMRA Insight


TOMRA Insight enables you to turn your sorters into connected devices and to transform sorting from an operational process into a strategic management tool.




Processors applications

Fresh pack applications

Dried fruit

Key features

Sensor Technology

The Halo uses top and bottom sensor banks to view each object ‘in flight’ using a combination of LED, CCD camera and NIR to perform targeted spectroscopy with 1 mm precision. This advanced sorting system views and analyses visible attributes such as colour, shape, blemish, foreign material, as well as ‘invisible’ defects to the product composition.

Gentle product handling is assured by design; the first sort produce gently passes through the sorting machine while the second and third grade are redirected into individual streams by intelligent finger ejectors with precision and accuracy.

Product Benefits

  • Significant labor reduction, as high as 80 %
  • Increased throughput, up to 25 %
  • Faster packaging
  • Increased yield, up to 4 %
  • Low operational costs
  • Improved product quality

Advanced Sorting Criteria

The Halo can sort multiple food applications by the following sorting criteria:

  • Detailed size/geometry
  • Subtle blemishes
  • Detailed shape
  • Damage
  • Subtle color
  • Foreign material
  • Subtle defect

Technical specification

 Halo 500Halo 1000
Capacityto 14,000 kg/hrto 30,000 kg/hr
(L x W x H, mm)
3,021 x 1,300 x 1,749 mm3,021 x 1,800 x 1,749 mm
Infeed belt width500 mm1,000 mm
Air pressure input
Electrical consumption0.3 KVA1.0 KVA
 Halo 1500Halo 2000
Capacityto 45,000 kg/hrto 60,000 kg/hr
(L x W x H, mm)
3,021 x 2,300 x 1,749 mm4,021 x 2,800 x 1,745 mm
Infeed belt width1,500 mm2,000 mm
Air pressure input
Electrical consumption2.0 KVA3.3 KVA