Key Technology has introduced Manta for potato chips/crisps. This state-of-the-art high volume sorter features a two-metre wide scan area that dramatically increases throughput within a space-saving footprint.
Handling up to 3.5 metric tons (7,700 pounds) of potato chips per hour, Manta maximizes production capacity while optimising product quality to help processors match final product specifications.
With its high intensity discharge (HID) illumination system and Key's proprietary colour cameras, Manta recognises millions of subtle colour differences, easily identifying the green, purple, and blue defects that are important to potato chip processors. The highest resolution scanning allows Manta to detect and remove even the smallest defects.
A specialised, proprietary infeed system gently accelerates potato chips into the sorter, reducing sliding to maximise defect removal accuracy and minimise good product going to the reject stream. To further improve defect removal accuracy, Manta executes chip ejection with its advanced SmartSorting technique. Air ejectors are tuned to efficiently remove defective potato chips while maintaining gentle handling of the pass stream to minimize product breakage.
Based on Key's powerful G6 electro-optical platform, Manta offers the most advanced image processing in the industry.
Simplicity is a guiding principle in the design of Manta. To ease installation, Key designed Manta to be self-contained and complete. Unlike other sorters that require additional elements such as separate cooling systems, water filters, and air dryers, Manta incorporates all the necessary components in one system. Simply connect air, water, power and start sorting.