DOWNS Introduces Optical Sorter for Unwashed Potatoes
Dubrulle DOWNS announced the launch of the DOWNS CropVision® – a new generation optical grader for unwashed potatoes. Fitted with the latest technological innovations, it allows a qualitative grading of the potatoes before the storage with speeds up to 100 tons/h.
Result of four years of development, the DOWNS CropVision® is fitted with industrial cameras coupled with an algorithm of Artificial Intelligence. This unique and patented combination makes it possible to observe and analyze the whole surface of the product (360°) in order to classify it according to its quality: clods, stones, other waste, good potatoes, green potatoes, cut potatoes, spoiled potatoes, damaged potatoes and cracked potatoes.
Another feature of the DOWNS CropVision® is that it is fitted with three possible exits for the product. A first exit for the product to keep, a second one for the waste, and a third one for second category potatoes. According to the user’s requirements, the ejecting fingers will lead the product to the right exit.
Thanks to the 360° scan of each potato, the DOWNS CropVision’s® user has access to very accurate information about the stored potatoes such as the size of the potatoes for each batch of product or their quality.
The optical grader can also solve recurrent problems encountered before storage like labor availability, sorting quality, economic profitability, food safety and environmental impact.
The equipment is easy to use thanks to a user-friendly touchscreen and can be integrated into DOWNS receiving hoppers and graders. This way, the user will benefit from all the DOWNS’ know how and experience in custom-made integration projects but also in customer follow-up.