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Asia Pacific: Company installs Tomra systems in China

A joint venture company of SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group in China will develop a French fry processing facility with their processing partner Tomra Sorting Food.

The new potato processing facility, located at Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons and is expected to be completed by September 2018.

Tomra’s flagship Eco steam peeling line and the recently launched cutting-edge sorting platforms, Tomra 5A and Tomra 5B, will be installed in the facility.

Steam peeling is used to remove skin from the surface of vegetables and the latest Eco steam peeler uses 28% less steam than other peelers of its type and enables customers to peel high volumes of potatoes at very low steam times, with exceptionally low peel loss and waste.

The Tomra 5A whole potato sorter removes various defects and foreign material, such as stones, soil, glass and plastics, minimizing the risk of food contamination down the processing line and protecting critical processing components, such as the hydro cutters or fryer.

With a peel control module, the sorter can evaluate the peeling status of potatoes while sorting them and automatically calculate an optimal steam time.

Consequently, the result is lower peel loss without operator supervision.