Saturday, 15 December 2018


Key Technology will introduce the newest automatic defect removal system for potato strips – ADR EXOS™ – at INTERPOM PRIMEURS, November 25-27.

ADR recovers French fries with defects and turns them into ‘good’ product, directly increasing yield, the producer says. Featuring a new cutter-wheel design and intelligent software, the next-generation ADR EXOS better manages strip quality and length while improving product recovery to maximize process profitability.  

ADR EXOS is available as a completely new system and as a field upgrade kit that allows existing ADR®5 users to access all the benefits of the new EXOS product technology.

“ADR EXOS offers an extremely fast payback. Processors new to ADR systems can recoup up to EUR1.75m worth of product per year with EXOS. Those upgrading from existing ADR5 systems to EXOS will improve their recovery value by as much as EUR150.000 per year. Customers are telling us the quality of potato crops is becoming more variable due to challenging climate conditions. During seasons when processors risk not having enough good potatoes to meet demand, product recovery becomes even more critical. ADR EXOS is the ideal complement to wet potato strip digital sorting systems and a uniquely valuable tool to achieve the desired product quality at the highest possible yield,” said Marco Azzaretti, advanced Inspection systems product manager at Key.

Building upon the field-proven technology of previous Key ADR systems, EXOS aligns singulates, inspects and trims both peeled and peel-on wet potato strips of various cut sizes. The new cutter-wheel features even closer spacing between the air-actuated knives to more accurately place cuts closer to defects, which increases the average length of recovered strips.

According to Key Technology, ADR EXOS introduces a series of additional benefits, including a new knife retention system that eliminates the chance of unintended knife deployments, further improving product recovery and reducing maintenance. New intelligent software supports enhanced cut strategies, enabling more options for placing cut locations relative to each defect, including making multiple cuts on a single strip. Finally, a comprehensive smart diagnostics system continuously monitors knife cutting operations to detect any possible issues and ensure system performance remains consistent over time.

At production rates of up to 7.7 metric tons (17,000 lb.) per hour for shoestring cuts, and proportionally higher capacity rates for larger product cuts, ADR EXOS inspects defective potato strips that are rejected from an upstream digital sorter or all strips coming to it directly from the cutting equipment, depending on its location on the line. ADR EXOS can be used with Key’s recently-introduced VERYX as well as Tegra, Manta and Optyx strip sorting systems and competitive wet strip sorting systems.

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