Premiere at ProSweets 2019: TOMRA Food launches state-of-the-art sorting equipment ensuring highest quality sweets and confectionery

Posted: 17 January 2019 | | No comments yet

TOMRA Food, part of the Norwegian TOMRA Group, is showcasing innovative sweets sorting systems for gummies and delicate confectionery products at ProSweets 2019 in Cologne, Germany for the first time…


TOMRA systems help food manufacturers ensure that their end products always meet the highest quality standards by reliably and efficiently removing defective articles and foreign materials.

Sorting systems for sweets: maximum product safety and competitive advantages

TOMRA Food is a leading manufacturer of sensor-based food processing equipment and technologies. The company has decades of experience in a variety of segments and offers a multitude of innovative solutions to the ever-growing confectionery market. TOMRA’s state-of-the-art sorting equipment detects cross contamination, starch, and foreign materials, as well as identifying clumping and misshapen products. These imperfections are removed in a safe and reliable process. This increases throughput and production yields, ensuring end products of consistently high quality and providing brand owners with an all-important competitive advantage.

Sophisticated technology and reliable detection

TOMRA uses advanced technology for the reliable sorting of sweets. Product colour and structure is checked by laser scanners. In addition, the scanners identify contaminated products or foreign objects that are not visible to the naked eye. When augmented by an Advanced Foreign Material Detector (AFMD), sorting can be supplemented to include product-specific properties. TOMRA has developed special high-resolution cameras for optical food sorting on the basis of colour and outline. A further module for shape recognition ensures that, through scanning, individual products comply with the desired dimensions and shapes.

Focusing on today’s customer needs, TOMRA can make a recommendation between two user-friendly modular platforms. Both the horizontal belt and vertical free-fall sorting equipment can be extended after installation, for the highest production flexibility.

TOMRA’s Genius: high-performing optical belt sorting machine

The Genius optical belt sorter utilises a combination of different sorting technologies to reliably remove discoloured products and foreign materials. A variety of inspection technologies such as high-resolution cameras and lasers are deployed in different inspection areas of the system. State-of-the-art ejectors remove faulty gummies or delicate confectionery within milliseconds and in two or three different streams. Only products of perfect quality are allowed to proceed along the production line, achieving an exceptionally high sorting performance.

TOMRA’s Nimbus free-fall sorter: effective combination of laser detection and camera technology

The Nimbus represents a new generation of sorting solutions that sort objects in free-fall. This modular platform uses laser scanning and camera technology to separate falling products according to unwanted discoloration and deformation. In addition to these conventional sorting methods, the Nimbus is able to sort articles by biological characteristics.

The front ejection system (FES) uses optimal pitch for the enhanced removal of defects, reduce false rejects and improve yield.

Karel Strubbe, Regional Sales Director EMEA at TOMRA Food, emphasises:

“Our innovative sorting systems for sweets such as gummies demonstrate TOMRA’s many years of expertise in food sorting systems. Reliable detection guarantees food safety. This protects our customers’ brand reputations through consistently high product quality, and therefore provides a real competitive advantage. We invite trade visitors to experience for themselves our high performing systems by joining us at ProSweets.”


TOMRA Food will be at ProSweets in Cologne from 27th to 30th January: Hall 10.1, Stand G-068.