WECO provides sorters for both the fresh market cranberry packer and also wet-line processing. The BerryTek and Impulse provide a dual layer of technology for removing under-ripe, over-ripe and defect berries before packaging in a fresh market packing facility. The ProcessTek sorter is specifically designed for a wet line before the berries are frozen.
The BerryTek system is a color sorter and soft sorter combined in a single unit. The BerryTek efficiently removes under-ripe and over-ripe (soft) berries from a population of good fruit. With two sets of cameras, the BerryTek can analyze 100% more surface area of the fruit, meaning half-ripe berries or half-soft berries can be more effectively identified and removed. This combination translates into a vastly improved pack-out quality with increased throughput.
The IMPULSE Soft Sorter uses a series of 40 dynamic inline sensors that detect soft, over-ripe and damaged berries.
The Impulse Soft Sorter has been built with the durability that all WECO sorters are known for and can be fully washed down in line; the sensors are impervious to water, cleansers and can be scrubbed clean with a regular brush, all of which minimize down time.
The new IMPULSE Soft Sorter has been manufactured with an FDA approved resin that is anti-microbial. Each of the dynamic sensors has been individually manufactured with this anti-microbe resin and makes the soft sorter the safest of its kind in the industry.
Combine the BerryTek and IMPULSE Sorters for Multiple Levels of Sorting, Reduced Labor and Improved Pack-out.
The BerryTek and IMPULSE systems can be used as standalone units or in conjunction with each other, offering packers multiple levels of sorting. Combining the BerryTek and IMPULSE sorters allows the berries to be viewed three times for soft and two times for color in one pass dramatically reducing the need for human handling of the fruit. The BerryTek is still the only two-view sorter for fresh market packers that see two sides of the berry at the same time.
The IMPULSE sorter has been extensively tested and we are very encouraged by the performance and the feedback from our customers. It is our belief that this system is the most technologically advanced, cost effective sorting system available on the market and that it should result in dramatically lower labor costs and significantly improved pack-out quality.