Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How breeders and processors can work together?

Dr Sharon Hall will talk about the needs of the potato industry and how breeders and growers can work with the processors to ensure the quality and volume needed for year-round, value-added potato products.

AVR launches Puma 3, its new four-row harvester

Potato machine constructor AVR is introducing its new Puma 3, a machine with tight lines, which grant it a very modern look. The real innovations for this self-propelled, four-row harvester are its more powerful

50 small-scale farmers will benefit from signed memorandum with PepsiCo Food Vietnam

PepsiCo Foods Vietnam Co (PFVC) has signed a memorandum of understanding to introduce a sustainable contract potato-farming model.

New method to stop potato parasitic worms using fungi

Scientists have developed a new way to stop the parasitic worm Globodera rostochiensis causes damage to potatoes.

LEAF’s annual President Event to focus on defining resilience and diversity in agriculture

Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)’s annual President Event will take place on Tuesday November, 11, at the HSBC Headquarters, CanaryWharf, London. 

How breeders and processors can work together?

How breeders and processors can work together?

Dr Sharon Hall will talk about the needs of the potato industry and how breeders and growers can work wi...

LEAF’s annual President Event to focus on defining resilience and diversity in agriculture

LEAF’s annual President Event to focus on defining resi...

Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)’s annual President Event will take place on Tuesday November, 11, a...

The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are open for nominations

The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are open for ...

The World Potato Congress Industry Awards are an important and prestigious event on the international po...

Florimond Desprez Group acquires Germicopa, a potato seed company

Florimond Desprez Group acquires Germicopa, a potato se...

Florimond Desprez Group acquired Germicopa, one of the most important French potato seed companies and ...

Cargill reinforces its commitment to food security

Cargill reinforces its commitment to food security

Cargill is calling for coordinated action by governments, the private sector and civil society to ensur...

“Why are the fries so good?” McDonald’s answers to all their customers' questions

“Why are the fries so good?” McDonald’s answers to all ...

McDonald's USA invites their customers, fans and food skeptics to ask all they want to know in a campai...

UPDATE Urschel launches its equipment at Emballage Exhibition Paris and International FoodTec India

UPDATE Urschel launches its equipment at Emballage Exhi...

The new Sprint 2 Dicer by Urschel (http://www.urschel.com/) can be seen at Emballage in Paris beginning N...

Launches at Cibus Tec Parma for Urschel: a wide variety of machines ready for attendees

Launches at Cibus Tec Parma for Urschel: a wide variety...

Cibus Tec is combined with Food Pack to serve all areas of food processing and packaging in one locatio...

AVR launches Puma 3, its new four-row harvester

AVR launches Puma 3, its new four-row harvester

Potato machine constructor AVR is introducing its new Puma 3, a machine with tight lines, which grant i...

Potato Week 2014 to take place on October 6-12

Potato Week 2014 to ...

The dates for Potato Week 2014 are October 6-12 and the camp...

Kent Crisps Announces New Branding

Kent Crisps Announce...

AMC Foods announces the re-launch of their popular Kent Cr...

New DiversaCut 2110A Dicer on Display at SIAL in Paris

New DiversaCut 2110A...

Several Urschel cutting machines will be on display at Sal...

McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing Purple Sweet Potato McShake This Autumn

McDonald’s Japan Is ...

McDonald's Japan is rolling out a special purple sweet potat...

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Contest Finalists Announced

Lay's Do Us A Flavo...

Lay's potato chips, one of the brands from PepsiCo (http:/...

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

BioSafe Systems Intr...

Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Future Proofing Cheshire Potatoes

Future Proofing Ches...

Cheshire potato growers gathered at Aston Grange Farm near...

Sophisticated Potato Inspection

Sophisticated Potato...

Improvements in sorting machinery are aimed at many grower...

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

McCain Foods to Help...

Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone techno...

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

Open Farm Sunday 201...

Farmers and their helpers celebrated this weekend the posi...

TWELVE years ago four engineers in Belgium got together and jotted their ideas down on paper. Their only option for work space was the garage of a house, in Kapelle, Belgium.
And so the story of BEST (Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology) began.

With their years of experience in optical sorting technology, Bert Van der Auwera, Paul Berghmans, Eddy De Reys and Marc Ruyman were convinced there was a need for a new generation of modern and efficient sorting machinery, and they set out to develop a high-tech laser sorter for the removal of unwanted substances from a stream of good product, based on differences in colour and structure.
And, thanks to the improved efficiency and performance they managed to achieve, the four came up with highly reliable and user-friendly equipment to do the job - and so BEST was born.
In a short time, BEST managed to establish a prominent position in the industry and grew to international importance.
And it all came about, partly because someone wanted a sorter that could detect defects in raisins - defects in the sticky fruit that were the same colour.
This lead to the invention of a new generation of sorting technology - the laser sorter LS9000TM designed and manufactured by BEST.
A year later the BEST laser sorter had revolutionised several new markets worldwide and in 1998, the company had to establish bigger and better equipped headquarters plus a network of agents in countries that were using their products.
The year 1998 also saw BEST's directors win the technological innovation award from the King Baudouin Young Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Another award for entrepreneurship came their way in 1999 as the company continued to grow and expand.
The start of the new millennium saw BEST open a branch in Colorado, USA, as their products were now being used in 28 countries. And the headquarters had to move to yet a bigger building in Belgium while the high capacity laser sorter the ARGUSTM was designed.
By taking over the MachineVision group from BARCO in 2003, BEST expanded and strengthened its market share in several countries while at the same time, acquiring some new applications. LED, X Ray, Camera Dual and measuring on belt were added to the stable while Fluo technology for sorting machines was introduced.
Due to the fluorescence features of certain products, the patented laser fluoTM technology gives an even better contrast to detect colour and texture differences. It creates a kind of black and white contrast that results in a very high detection efficiency and very little false reject.
The GeniusTM sorters were introduced in 2005 and modfied again the next year as BEST celebrated its 10th anniversary and the free-fall sorter, the Helius was introduced on to the market.
And growth continues: BEST now has subsidiaries in The Netherlands, two in the US and Hong Kong as well as in Belgium, while its turnover last year was in excess of €50 million (£40m) and its staff had grown to 180 people.
The four directors of BEST have continually invested their profits back into the company with research and development being their priority. At the same time, as staffing needs grew along with an increased demand for their product and their current site at Haasrode in Heverlee, Belgium will have doubled in size by the end of this year.
And it's not stopping here, says director Bert Van der Auwera.
"We have 50 R&D people who are continually finding electronic solutions to sorting problems and, as more applications come to the fore, so we will come up with the technology to suitably meet customer requirements."
Innovation can be found in different domains and all departments of the company, Van der Auwera said.
"R&D is continually searching for and developing new technologies and applications. This is, in fact, the core business of the company. BEST is built on continuous technological innovation."
BEST's laser sorter is an extremely hi-tech product and unique among its kind. Because of the complexity of optical lasers, which have to be able to work with the mechanical separation of good and bad product.
No other manufacturer in the world to date has managed to build a similar machine with the same performance and reliability.
And the search for perfection goes on.
"It is a never-ending struggle to keep up to date in a world where software and hardware developments evolve even faster," comments Van der Auwera.
After the free-fall laser, BEST have developed
dual sorter (camera and laser), FluoTM technology, infra-red lasers, X-Ray detection, the 2000mm wide sorter, biological detection and digital hardware processing systems.
The laser sorter is the perfect combination of optical, electronic, electrical and mechanical ingenuity. This was the beginning and the breakthrough for BEST and today it still represents a large part of the company's turnover.
Belgium is now only five per cent of BEST's market with the rest of Europe accounting for 40 per cent, the United States 30 per cent and the rest of the world 25 per cent.
BEST is better, it would seem.

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