Defect Removal System Offers Distinctive Handling for Potato Processing

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Unlike other potato processors that use optical sorters to remove defects on their primary lines, Turkish processor Konya Seker relies on an ADR 5 Automatic Defect Removal System from Key Technology. This new application, called the ADR First solution, maximizes product quality and increases yields at Konya Seker.

The ADR 5 identifies the same kinds of defects on potato strips as many optical sorters but the removal of these defects are handled differently. Sorters remove the entire strip that has a defect while ADR cuts the defect from the strip and removes only the defect. Compared to lines with only a sorter, ADR First achieves the same defect removal rate while reducing by-product yield loss by 75 to 80 percent.

The ADR First solution includes a dewatering shaker, sliver sizer remover (SSR), nubbin grader, Iso-Flo infeed shaker, ADR 5, a second nubbin grader, and pump tank. This line produces peeled and peel-on straight cuts and crinkle cuts from 7 to 18 mm in size.

The ADR 5 features high-resolution Vis/IR (visible infrared) cameras, a special belt conveyor, a rotary cutter, and Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors that align, singulate, inspect, and trim potato strips at production rates of up to 9.5 metric tons (20,900 lbs) per hour.

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