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helius™ tobacco sorting machine by tomra


The Helius™ Tobacco sorting machine provides a solution for sorting higher capacities of tobacco. It can handle up to eight tons per hour, depending on product and equipment configuration. The ‘black box sorter’ concept comprises of a total integrated solution that can easily fit into an existing line.

DETECTING NON-TOBACCO RELATED MATERIAL (NTRM)

With up to twelve individual laser signals, the Helius™ Tobacco free fall laser sorter detects all non-tobacco related material (NTRM) from a stream of product. Besides the conventional sorting methods such as color, structure and size, the Helius™ Tobacco sorting machine is able to sort based on biological characteristics, invisible to the human eye. Combined with our patented Fluo technology, the sorter detects the slightest shades of chlorophyll to create an even better contrast between the good product and defects.

Within milliseconds, powerful air guns remove any NTRM accurately and allow the good product to proceed its natural free fall.

TWO VERSATILE CONFIGURATIONS

Depending on the tobacco to be sorted (stems or lamina), the infeed arrangement can vary from a flat pan to cascaded shaker, providing sufficient spreading of the tobacco product and thus ensuring optimal sorting performances. Based on the product’s size, densities and flow rates, the sorters can be equipped with a single or double sided inspection module.

HELIUS™ TOBACCO SORTING MACHINE: OVERVIEW

  • Maximum efficiency in all conditions
  • Calibration free
  • Small footprint
  • Upgradeable
  • Self-learning (Flex & Smart Sort Technology)
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to operate

TOBACCO SORTING APPLICATIONS

Technical specification

 Helius™ 640 F/R (Lamina)Helius™ 640 F (Stems)
Capacity1,900 kg/h (4,188 lb/hr) 21% MC - 65kg/m³ (4.05 lb/ft³)3,200 kg/h (7,0547 lb/hr) 21% MC - 140kg/m³ (8.73 lb/ft³)
Dimensions
(L x W x H, mm)
3,800 x 3,100 x 3,100 mm (149.61 x 122.05 x 122.05")3,500 x 3,100 x 2,600 mm (137.80 x 122.05 x 102.36")
Infeed belt width2,900 mm (114.17")2,600 mm (102.36")
Air pressure input6 - 7 bar6 - 7 bar
Electrical consumption3ph: < 15KVA3ph: < 15KVA
 Helius™ 1200 F/R (Lamina)Helius™ 1200 F (Stems)
Capacity4,000 kg/h (8,818 lb/hr) 21% MC - 65kg/m³ (4.05 lb/ft³)6,000 kg/hr (13,2277 lb/hr) 21% MC - 140kg/m³ (8.73 lb/ft³)
Dimensions
(L x W x H, mm)
6,200 x 3,500 x 3,600 mm (244.09 x 137.8 x 141.73")4,200 x 3,500 x 2,800 mm (165.35 x 137.80 x 110.24")
Infeed belt width3,500 mm (137.80")2,600 mm (102.36")
Air pressure input6 - 7 bar6 - 7 bar
Electrical consumption3ph: < 15KVA3ph: < 15KVA
 Helius™ 1600 F/R (Lamina)Helius™ 1600 F (Stems)
Capacity5,000 kg/h (11,0231 lb/hr) 21% MC - 65kg/m³ (4.05 lb/ft³)8,000 kg/h (17,6369 lb/hr) 21% MC - 140kg/m³ (8.73 lb/ft³)
Dimensions
(L x W x H, mm)
5,100 x 3,900 x 3,500 mm (200.79 x 153.54 x 137.80")5,700 x 3,900 x 2,750 mm (224.41 x 153.54 x 108.27")
Infeed belt width3,300 mm (129.92")2,650 mm (104.33")
Air pressure input6 - 7 bar6 - 7 bar
Electrical consumption3ph: < 25KVA3ph: < 25KVA