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SUPPLIER NEWS
Bühler Sortex marks 75th anniversary
LONDON, ENGLAND - Bühler Sortex can trace its roots
back to 1947, when owners of a seed company were searching
for a solution to the laborious practice of manually handpicking
seeds.
The Gunson's Sortex Electronic Separator was born, with
the ability to separate undesirable, discolored or varicolored
products at a rate of 10 kg per hour. Seventy-five years later
and capacity is now 10,000 kg per hour.
Now, the Bühler Group, of which Sortex is a part, has a
hand in processing over 60% of the world's grain and 30% of
the world's rice.
" In the last 75 years, our sorting capacity and accuracy, the
number of application fields, and, consequently, the business,
have all grown considerably, " said Melvyn Penna, product
manager at Bühler.
Sortex sorters can sort through approximately 300 commodities
within 13 different food and non-food segments. Having
evolved from a UK-oriented company, Sortex now has a farreaching
global footprint with development teams and production
sites all over the world. With its headquarters based
in a newly developed office space in East London, Sortex is
regarded as one of the most highly trusted technology providers
for sorting solutions in the industry.
In May 1947, the Balint brothers - owners of Gunson
Seeds - established a firm in the UK called Beno Balint and
Sons Limited. Dr. Okolicsanyi, a Hungarian scientist, and his
assistant Herbert Fraenkel were given the assignment to find a
technological solution for seed sorting. Shortly after, fabrication
of machines began in the Gunson Seeds warehouse.
The first G1 sorter could sort peas, beans, corn, small grains,
coffee beans, nuts and other applications of similar size.
" When we started out 75 years ago, sorting was not widely
required, " Penna said. " There was a requirement for oil seeds
and agri seeds, in other words, the high value crops. But sorting
was not as widely spread as it is today. "
In 2002, Sortex launched its Sortex Z machine. Since the
time of its launch, approximately 6,000 machines have been
sold across various countries.
" For over a decade, we were adding more and more features
to keep the Sortex Z as up to date as possible, including shape
recognition, shape sorting, infrared, modules, and InGaAs, "
said Alexander Proemer, director head of business unit. " We
then opened new markets in nuts, fruits, and vegetables industries
with the launch of our Sortex F machine in 2014. With
its stainless-steel structure, the F machine is still the safest
machine on the market in terms of food safety. "
One of the main pillars behind Sortex's success is its commitment
to ensuring food safety.
Food safety is vital. The World Health Organization states
that eating contaminated food causes 420,000 deaths a year
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In addition to sustainability and food safety, Bühler maintains
a strong focus on digitalization. Sortex in particular is
hugely invested in making its customers Industry 4.0 ready.
Indeed, the company's adoption of new technologies such as
artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed
processors to enjoy optimized business efficiency, reduction
of waste, and increased capacity.
By turning machine and process data into valuable insights,
Sortex sorters are one step closer to becoming fully
autonomous.
This is a direct response by Bühler to the growing global
challenges of skilled labor shortages, increased uncertainties
in product availability and quality, as well as upcoming stricter
regulations on product traceability.
" Bühler has always been at the forefront of innovation and
our research and development teams are working on tomorrow's
innovations today, " said Carmen Schlatter Broger, head
of Business Area Digital Technologies.
Sortex has won seven Queen's Awards since 1968 for its
various technological developments, most recently in recognition
of its pioneering research into camera technology used
in sorting machines. The Queen's Award for Enterprise is the
highest UK award for British businesses that have excelled
in the fields of international trade, innovation, or sustainable
development.
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globally. Ensuring hygienic design at every stage of food processing
can play a major role in reducing this risk. Not only
does it help ensure food safety, it also increases productivity
for processors by reducing cleaning and changeover time and
the need for maintenance.
Most Sortex sorters today are built using the highest-grade
stainless steel. Machines feature open access designs for
quick-and-easy cleaning to prevent the build-up of harmful
bacteria. Additionally, sloped surfaces ensure that any product
residue runs off, further reducing the chance of product buildup.
Full color and InGaAs cameras ensure absolute adherence
to food safety regulations by removing all traces of foreign
material (FM).
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