InGaAs technology delights Ukraine’s largest nut processor03/19/2013 Europe’s leading nut processors continue to invest in Bühler SORTEX optical sorters, which provide exceptional foreign material detection thanks to unique InGaAs (Indium Gallium Arsenide) camera technology. Ukraine’s largest nut processor, the Faeton Group LLC, is a prime example. “We installed a SORTEX Z+1RBL in 2008 to sort walnuts and hazelnuts,” explained Dmitry Kabakov, director general of Faeton. “Because our business was expanding, recently we invested in the latest generation SORTEX E1C sorter.
“It’s ideal for removing shell from nut kernel. Its open, hygienic design is perfect for handling oily and dusty products. And as another advantage, the machine works continuously for a whole shift without the need for recalibration or cleaning.”
Faeton s.r.o. was founded in 2000 in Prague in the Czech Republic. In 2011, it opened a new production and storage facility for nuts and dried fruit in Kiev, in the Ukraine. Now operating under the name Faeton-Group LLC, the business is one of Europe’s leading specialists in the storage, processing and wholesaling of more than 40 types of nut and dried fruit products and each year 4,000 tons of its products are exported to locations throughout Europe and Asia.
Faeton is now the largest nut processor operating in Ukraine. As Kabakov explained, in the Ukraine the company processes walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and various nut-based snack packs. Each product is required to comply with certified international food safety standards. Use of Bühler SORTEX optical sorters has helped to ensure that Faeton is regarded as a highly dependable supplier of safe, high quality products.
When it comes to removing foreign materials from walnuts – including minute fragments of shell, stones and plastic – InGaAs camera technology offers exceptional accuracy and consistency, while damaged walnuts are also removed. Bühler SORTEX optical sorters can handle shelled or unshelled walnuts of varying sizes, while walnuts of undesirable colour can also be removed accurately and at high processing speeds.
Kabakov has been equally happy with the support he has received from Bühler. “We’re delighted with the level of service provided. Bühler’s specialist technicians are highly skilled and we look forward to the new customer service centre opening in Ukraine,” he concluded.
What is InGaAs technology?
InGaAs technology was developed originally for the space programme, but was soon adopted for military use, because of its ability to detect the difference between organic foliage and synthetic camouflage.
Bühler successfully applied InGaAs technology to its SORTEX camera systems, which has benefited customers throughout the world. The enhanced InGaAs technology used in the SORTEX E1C means that at certain wavelengths products such as walnut kernels reflect very little energy, while challenging foreign material such as shell, septa and stones, reflect it very well. As a result, foreign material is highlighted clearly as if under a spotlight.