Optimum Launches Three-in-one Belt Sorter
Optimum launched their newest optical belt sorter called Novus. The base frame of the Novus has been redesigned to comply with the strictest hygiene standards and the most recent machine guidelines. Moreover, the equipment is modular, so it can be easily configured, according to the needs of the user, and it can also be expanded with the same flexibility after installation.
Over the past three years, the company has systematically evolved and improved their previous Focus product line, eventually bringing all the innovations together in a new product. The result is a new belt sorter, with some unique features for even more accurate sorting. According to a press release, the Novus is equipped with metal detection technology, making it the only machine on the market that combines three sorting technologies. The M-TEC module built into the frame detects and removes tiny stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metal particles that the cameras and lasers might not detect. The module is made up of several smaller coils, which means that its detection sensitivity is greater than that of traditional metal detectors.
“The Novus is also equipped with advanced high-resolution cameras (RGB, IRGB, InGaAs or IR) known from the Focus, but the camera mounting has been improved and the lenses optimized. Furthermore, the 5/6 configuration for the sorting of diced potatoes and other tuberous vegetables is still available. A new addition is the S-TEC module, that also inspects the bottom of the product, which is particularly interesting for dry products,” company representatives explain.
To further increase its sorting accuracy, the Novus can be equipped with the latest generation laser scanner, which was developed for the Ventus, and this can be used for a scanning width of 1800 mm without sacrificing performance. “For example, the Novus has an impressive laser scanning speed of up to 4000 scans per second, resulting in an optical resolution of 0.3 mm, the highest resolution of any laser sorter on the market,” says the company.
The ejection module was also overhauled. New ejection valves have been introduced that can switch faster and have a longer life. Optimum points out that their machine uses standardized valves, which are much cheaper in terms of repair and maintenance.
The Novus will be available in various widths from 600 to 2400 mm. The Novus 1200 and Novus 1800 are currently being rolled out, while the 2400 and 600 will be available in a second and third phase.