Saturday, 16 December 2017

SNAXPO18 to Host Resources into Everything Snacking

SNAXPO18 to Host Resources into Everything Snackin...

  SNAXPO18, the world’s largest, most comprehensive trade show devoted exclusively to the interna...

PACK EXPO East Features Reusable Packaging Pavilion

PACK EXPO East Features Reusable Packaging Pavilio...

  Innovations in reusable transport packaging such as pallets, bins, containers and totes will be...

Fruit Logistica Announces 2018 Innovation Awards Nominees

Fruit Logistica Announces 2018 Innovation Awards N...

  The shortlist for the 2018 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) has been announced.

Tomra Sorting Names New Sales Director for the Americas

Tomra Sorting Names New Sales Director for the Americas

  Tomra Sorting Food has announced it has hired food industry veteran, Mark Host, as the company’s sal...

tna Appointed New Chief Sales Officer

tna Appointed New Chief Sales Officer

  tna announces the appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer (CSO).  A tna and industry v...

North American Potato Production Slightly Down

North American Potato Production Slightly Down

  The latest estimate for North American fall potato production is 505 million cwt., down 1% from last...

Key Technology Introduces High Capacity VERYX B210 Digital Sorter

Key Technology Introduces High Capacity VERYX B210 Digi...

  Key Technology introduces the highest capacity digital sorter in the food processing industry: VERYX...

tna Introduces New Steam Peeling Solution

tna Introduces New Steam Peeling Solution

 tna has expanded its range of high-efficiency Florigo ultra-peel® SSC 3 steam peeling solutions for po...

Heat and Control Introduces New FastBack FastLane

Heat and Control Introduces New FastBack FastLane

  Heat and Control has released the latest member of their FastBack family of products, the FastLane s...

KMC Launches Starch Based Cheese

KMC Launches Starch ...

  KMC has announced the new CheeseMaker solution for the ...

McCain UK Opens Its Own Specialty Roastaurant

McCain UK Opens Its ...

  McCain is opening the doors to its own specialty restau...

Kemin Launches Solution to Improve Performance of Frying Oils

Kemin Launches Solut...

  Kemin Industries Food Technologies, a provider of shelf...

Avebe Launches Potato-Based Solutions at FiE 2017

Avebe Launches Potat...

 Avebe is promoting new texture and nutrition solutions fo...

Chicken Rice, Laksa-flavored Potato Chips to Launch in Singapore

Chicken Rice, Laksa-...

  Two new flavors of potato chips - Hainanese Chicken Ric...

Asda’s New Wagyu Beef Dripping Potatoes

Asda’s New Wagyu Bee...

  British retailer Asda has introduced Extra Special Wagy...

Boulder Canyon Brings Back Seasonal Potato Chips Flavors

Boulder Canyon Bring...

  Turkey Gravy and Pumpkin Pie kettle-cooked potato chi...

Branston’s Italian Potatoes Are Again Available in Tesco Stores

Branston’s Italian P...

  Italian new potatoes supplied by Branston were availabl...

ITC Enters the Fresh  Produce Market with Innovative Potatoes

ITC Enters the Fresh...

  Indian company ITC Ltd has entered the fresh fruits and...

DARS Starts Cleaning Potatoes of Viruses to Improve Production

DARS Starts Cleaning...

    The Department of Agriculture Research Services in Mal...

Czech Potato Research Institute Cultivates Blue Potato Variety

Czech Potato Researc...

  The Potato Research Institute, based in the town of Hav...

British Potato Producer Builds Potato Store in Marsham

British Potato Produ...

  A potato producer has applied for permission to build a...

National Potato Council Awards Adrienne Gorny for Potato Research

National Potato Coun...

  The National Potato Council (NPC) announces that Adrien...

Solynta Develops Late Blight Resistant Potato Varieties

Solynta Develops Lat...

  Dutch potato breeding company Solynta has developed pot...

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

Hydroponic Potatoes ...

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

Cornell University Publishes Organic Production and IPM Guide for Potatoes

Cornell University P...

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

Canada Approves Three New Types of GMO Potatoes

Canada Approves Thre...

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

Cavendish Farms to Build Two New Modern Storage Facilities

Cavendish Farms to B...

  Prince Edwards Island's major potato processor Cavendis...

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.



Digital edition


Click or tap to view our digital magazine
on your tablet or mobile device.

Latest Events

Jan 10th 2018 - Jan 13th 2018
Potato Expo
Jan 17th 2018 - Jan 19th 2018
LAMMA
Mar 14th 2018 - Mar 17th 2018
21st European Cold Chain Conference

Trade Media Solutions S.R.L. | 1-5 G-ral David Praporgescu Str., 1st Floor, District 2, 020965 Bucharest, Romania.
Tel: +40 (0) 21 31 590 31  | E-mail: office@mediatrade.ro