Key Technology Unveils New Family of Optical Sorters

Compass helps processors automate and improve quality management of food products, while maximizing yield and increasing profitability.

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Compass Optical Sorter
Key Technology introduces the Compass family of food optical sorters. Image courtesy of Key Technology Inc.

Powered by next-generation inspection technology and new sort engine and ergonomic user interface, Compass is an easy-to-use optical sorter, achieving consistently accurate foreign material (FM) and product defect removal and simplifying system operation, sanitation, and maintenance. Compass helps processors automate and improve quality management of food products, while maximizing yield and increasing profitability.

“Optical sorting technology has developed significantly over the last decade. Until now, more advanced sorting capabilities meant a system that was also more complex to operate and costly to maintain. Compass is the first sorter that breaks that paradigm – it offers consistently high sort accuracy, a compelling ROI and significantly simpler and more intuitive operation than any other food sorting system,” said Jack Lee, Duravant group president - food sorting and handling solutions. “Available alongside our industry-leading Veryx and ADR food inspection systems, Compass expands our product portfolio and ability to help each customer find the solution that is truly best for their needs.”

Compass is ideal for sorting processed, frozen, and pre-processed vegetables and fruits, nuts, leafy greens, potato chips, confections, and other food products. Thanks to its advanced sensors and lighting technology, as well as Key’s powerful new Next sort engine, Compass accurately identifies and separates plastic, glass, paper, and other organic and inorganic FM from the line, in addition to sorting the specific product defects each processor wants to manage to deliver its customers the product quality grade they expect.

Key designed Compass for extreme ease of use. Its highly-intuitive user interface mimics the navigation of smart device apps and enables an operator without any technical background to quickly become proficient in using the sorter. Operators can quickly create and edit COMPASS sort recipes to ensure consistent performance on every product run.

Compass features Key Discovery, a powerful data analytics and reporting software that turns the sorter into an IIoT-connected device, delivering a wealth of product quality and sort process information that gives food processors valuable insights into the operation of their line.

Key Technology, Walla Walla, WA 509-540-7415

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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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