Tuesday, 23 October 2018


Grimme Group and Tomra have announced a new partnership to offer integrated solutions for grading and sorting.

The partnership will result in the industry-leading Tomra FPS (Field Potato Sorter) being integrated into the RH Combi to create the Grimme PowerCombi solution.

Through the new partnership, Grimme will distribute the Tomra FPS so customers can purchase and deploy a single, integrated grading and sorting solution, including post-sale support.

With the newly launched PowerCombi, Grimme uses the combination of highly efficient mechanical separation mechanisms and electronic sorting to not only increase separation accuracy of up to 98%, but also to increase capacity up to 100 tons per hour, a 25% improvement on previous systems. As a result, fewer employees are required to check for waste products and therefore labor costs are considerably reduced.

Using Tomra’s multispectral infrared sensing, the FPS scans the product stream in-air and can differentiate between good, typically soil-coated potatoes and stones, soil clods, cans, wood, and other foreign objects, which are rejected by high speed ejectors. The potatoes continue unharmed through the machine and onto the takeaway conveyors.

The cooperation agreement was signed during the recent Agritechnica event held in Hannover, Germany following two years of successful field testing and validation in France and Germany. 

Ashley Hunter, senior vice president and Head of Tomra Sorting Food, said: "We are excited about this new cooperation with Grimme after two years of field evaluations to offer improved quality and yield improvements to our mutual customers through increased integration between grading and sorting solutions.

“Current and new customers will see new levels of service, support and productivity from the work we’ll do together with Grimme.” 

Sebastian Talg, Managing Director Sales at Grimme, said: “Grimme Group is pleased to increase our cooperation with another market leader, Tomra, in support of our shared customers.

“We are confident in the gains our new partnership will bring to customers in every corner of the globe across all of the agricultural applications we support.”  

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