Bem Brasil teams up with Key Technology on new potato processing line

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has teamed up with Bem Brasil, a Brazilian potato processor, to add a new potato strip processing line to Bem’s Perdizes facility. This purchase includes six VERYX digital sorters, an ADR EXOs automatic defect removal system, three Silver Sizer Removers and 57 Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors on a line designed to process 30 metric tonnes of frozen French fries per hour.

Walter Takano, foreign trade manager at Bem Brasil, explained: “Our confidence is based, in part, on years of experience with Key’s Iso-Flo shakers on our other lines. To learn more about their VERYX sorters and ADR systems, we visited Key and then travelled to see the equipment operating at major potato processing facilities in North America and Europe. Overall, Key’s expertise and the reliability of their technology impressed us.”

Key will equip Bem’s VERYX sorters with its full suite of sorter intelligence tools as well as top- and bottom-mounted sensors to achieve full-surface inspection. The sorters will also feature Key’s Pixel Fusion technology to find and remove even the most difficult-to-detect foreign materials (FM) and defects prior to packaging. Images of FM will be time-stamped and archived for retrieval utilising Key’s FMAlert feature.

VERYX combines all camera views into one all-surface analysed object, which enables the sorters’ Sort-to-Grade (STG) software to automatically maintain final product specifications for both defect and length profile without operator intervention to increase yields and eliminate mechanical length grading. The sorters’ Information Analytics software exports individual object data, allowing Bem to collect, analyse and share big data across the enterprise to reveal patterns, trends and associations, which can help optimise processes.

Takano concluded: “For us, the single most important thing is taking good care of our consumers. Working with Key, we’ll ensure we produce the ideal final product quality. At the same time, we expect to increase yield and reduce operating costs.”