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As we all know, seed is a living product that must be grown, harvested and processed correctly to ensure a maximum viability and crop productivity. To fully realize the yield potential of any variety, high quality seed must be sown. The extent of the yield increase is directly proportional to the quality of seed that is being sown. In a way, seed quality can be considered as the sum of all factors that contribute to seed performance.

Straight from the field, harvested seeds are never 100 percent uniform and clean and an unsorted seed lot of harvested seeds can have several defects. So it is necessary to sort and clean the seeds with the major objectives to deliver the farmer with phytosanitary approvable seed and highly vigorous plants in the field.

In many cases, seed sorting is done on individual seed level, and quality driven seed sorting can tip the scale when it comes to deciding whether to market a seed lot or to discard it. Using the appropriate technology can salvage seed lots and thereby can save money. Our company delivers professional advice setting up the optimal processing line to achieve phytosanitary approvable seed and the mechanical and optical sorting tests are validated in our well-equipped laboratory performed by experienced staff.

The optical selector that we have developed as a company, has shown to detect even slight discoloration, fissures, good material and impurities better than any other selector that is now on the market. The machine is self-learning so that it detects the color spectrum of the goal material based on real images of the input seeds. Full colour simulation sequences are displayed so that the effects of each and every sorting change can be reviewed before implementation. It is amazing to see how each kernel is recognized and processed individually, and its properties assessed for colour, shape and irregularities. In terms of applications, the machine can be used for precision seed sorting, cereal milling, pulse and bean processing, but also for nuts and spices. An optical selector usually is located at the end of a processing line. That is where our OS 900 makes the processing eventually perfect.

We’re proud to say that we can now provide supreme sorting accuracy through the use of both full colour RGB cameras and shape recognition technology, and all this in one single high capacity platform.

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