The Pro Sort optical sorter from Haith, and the Grimme Clean Loader, will be demonstrated in Yorkshire and Herefordshire next month, following successful events in Shropshire and Cambridgeshire.
The units will be put through their paces when they arrive in Goole at the beginning of October, before heading to Herefordshire on the 13th and 14th of October.
Pro Sort units automate the removal of stones, clods and debris from potatoes, said to help growers deal with the impact of labour shortages. A Tomra 3A optical sorter is at the heart of the machine, using near infra-red sensors to assess every object in flight through the machine.
As it is a modular unit, the Pro Sort can be used in the field or on the farm and can be integrated into existing grading lines.
“The ProSort demonstrations started in September in Shropshire,” said Duane Hill, managing director at Haith Group. “We enjoyed a fantastic turnout, with more than 25 farms coming along and seeing the Pro Sort in action.
“The feedback we received was extremely positive. We even had one grower want to buy the demonstration unit there and then! We’re looking forward to taking our latest innovation to more farms across the country and showing people the future of on-field and on-farming grading.”