Monday, 21 August 2017

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Exclusive Interview – Process Expo 2017: All about...

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UK Invests USD5m in Potato Farming in Zambia

  The British government has invested USD5m in potato farming in Northern Province to boost agricultur...

James Hutton Institute Announces GBP3m Collaboration with China

James Hutton Institute Announces GBP3m Collaboration wi...

  The Chinese Government and leading potato processing company Xisen Potato Group are investing GBP3m ...

tna Opens New Office in Russia

tna Opens New Office in Russia

  tna is opening of a new office in Moscow, Russia, set up to support food manufacturers in Russia, th...

Key Technology Presents VERYX Digital Sorters to Middle East Food Processors

Key Technology Presents VERYX Digital Sorters to Middle...

  Key Technology introduces its VERYX family of digital sorters to the Middle East food processing ind...

Tummers Announces Improvements on Its Technological Range

Tummers Announces Improvements on Its Technological Ran...

  Equipment provider Tummers announced the recent development in its range of machinery, as the compan...

Gpi and Kiremko Deliver Batter Line Installation for French Fries Coating

Gpi and Kiremko Deliver Batter Line Installation for Fr...

  Gpi and Kiremko worked together on designing and building a complete batter line that can produce li...

Patatas Torres Announces Sparkling Wine Flavored Potato Chips

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  Spanish company Patatas Torres has recently released ne...

Microwaveable Retail Potato Segment Sees Continued Growth

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  A recent study on the microwaveable/steamable fresh pot...

Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Partners with VivaKids to Fight Hunger

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  Dieddenbach’s Potato Chips has announced that they will...

Little Potato Company Inaugurates New US Processing Plant

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  Canadian firm The Little Potato Company held a ceremony...

POOOF! Introduces New Potato Kettle Chips

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  POOOF!, the newly launched brand from the Indian compan...

Lay’s Announces ‘Do Us a Flavor’ Contest Finalists

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  Lay’s has announced the three finalist potato chip flav...

Nottingham University and Pipers Crisps Develop Science of Crisps

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  Pipers Crisps, one of Britain’s best-known crisp brands...

Side Delights Launchs Farmers Table Organic Russet Single Wrapped, Microwaveable Potato

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Scarborough Borough Council Approves McCain Plant Expansion

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  Scarborough Borough Council has formally recommended ap...

Hydroponic Potatoes Might Be Grown inside Europe’s Deepest Metal Mine

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  A research team recently launched a pilot project to in...

Cornell University Publishes Organic Production and IPM Guide for Potatoes

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  The practical potato production Guide was compiled by a...

Canada Approves Three New Types of GMO Potatoes

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  Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Id...

Cavendish Farms to Build Two New Modern Storage Facilities

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 Drones Measure Nitrogen Application in Potato Farming

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  The researchers at Wageningen University Research ann...

Boise State Researchers Awarded IGEM Grant to Combat Potato Rot

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  Boise State University researchers Harish Subbaraman, D...

Researchers Engineer Heat Tolerance in Potato Crops

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Taiwan to Control Imports of GMO Potatoes

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  Agriculture authorities in Taiwan say they are prepared...

Boise State University Develop Sensor for Potato Rot

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  Boise State University researchers Harish Subbaraman, D...

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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