Advanced technology for sweet sorting from TOMRA

Advanced technology for sweet sorting from TOMRA

TOMRA Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry. Innovating analytical technology and applying it to grading, sorting, and peeling.

TOMRA Food uses advanced technology for the reliable sorting of sweets. TOMRA’s laser scanners identify contaminated products or foreign materials in product streams that are not visible to the naked eye and check product colour and structure. When augmented by an Advanced Foreign Material Detector, sorting can be supplemented to include product-specific properties. 

TOMRA has also developed special high-resolution cameras for optical food sorting based on colour and outline. A further module for shape recognition ensure that, through scanning, individual products comply with the desired dimensions and shapes. 

Over 12,800 units are installed at food growers, packers, and processors worldwide for confectionery, fruit, dried fruit, grains and seeds, potato products, proteins, nuts, and vegetables. 

The company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via innovative, useable technologies. To achieve this, TOMRA Food operates centers of excellence, regional offices, and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia. 

TOMRA Food is a member of the TOMRA Group that was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimise resource recovery and minimise waste in the food, recycling and, mining industries and is committed to building a more sustainable future. 

TOMRA has ~100,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total revenues of ~9.9 billion NOK in 2020. The Group employs ~4,300 globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM). For further information about TOMRA, please see 

Matt Whatcott, Business Unit Manager (Jellies) at Swizzels, affirmed: “Before using a TOMRA sorter, we used manual labour to remove any imperfect sweets that may have been created during the process. The task was challenging due to the manual inspection operators’ sweets passing with one side face-down on a conveyor. This meant that it was not always possible for them to identify a defect as the inspection only covered around 60% of the sweets’ surface area. The inspection task was also monotonous, meaning that focus could wane over time. TOMRA’s Nimbus has enabled us to establish a more automated production line with greater rigor around our product’s quality inspection. We have much higher confidence in our ability to supply sweets that are only of the optimum standard to our consumers.” 


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