Key Technology has launched MantaTM, a new state-of-the-art high volume, high performance.
Featuring a two-metre wide scan area that dramatically increases throughput within a space-saving footprint, Manta handles up to 27 metric tons (60,000 pounds) of processed vegetables or fruit per hour, detecting and removing the smallest defects and foreign material. In addition to processed vegetables and fruit, Manta is being developed for other industry applications.
Designed for exceptional versatility and superior sanitation, this innovative sorter increases production capacity while maximising product quality and food safety.
With the highest number of sensors and image processing modules of any sorter on the market, Manta maintains the high resolution of the finest narrow-belt sorters on its wider, higher capacity frame. Designed for flexibility, Key can configure Manta with up to eight top-mounted colour or Vis/IR (visible infrared) cameras and up to two top-mounted FluoRaptorTM fluorescence-sensing lasers. Optional bottom-mounted sensors can be added to meet the specific needs of each application. Extreme modularity allows Manta to be easily reconfigured in the field, which enables processors to confidently select a camera/laser arrangement today knowing that the sorting system can grow if their needs change.
Manta's dynamic design supports on-belt viewing as well as off-belt, in-air viewing, which can also be modified in the field at a later date if needed.
Using Key's proprietary colour cameras, Manta recognises each object's size and shape as well as millions of subtle colour differences to remove defects based on user-defined accept/reject standards.
Adding FluoRaptor to Manta expands the sorter's inspection capabilities by reliably detecting foreign material (FM) and extraneous vegetable matter (EVM) based on differing levels of chlorophyll. Combining colour and laser sorting on one platform provides the most comprehensive sort available today.