Market demands for fruit consistency – whether by weight or colour, diameter and shape – underscores the need for automation. The Vizier Cup Sizer provides unequalled dimension sizing and colour grading accuracy. Integrating considerable software functionality, the system manages cumulative production figures per orchard or per packer, as well as overall production costs for labour and productivity statistics. What’s more, with its superb flexibility, the sizer can be upgraded easily from a weight-only configuration to optics.
Ideal for non-uniform fruit such as pears, avocadoes, mangoes and apples, the system has a sturdy, hygienic construction with either a floating three- or fixed four-point weighing cup system. With a throughput of up to five cups a second per lane, the sizer is accurate in weighing the fruit to ± one gram on the three-point system.
The electro-optical system has configurable features which can be adapted to the precise packhouse application requirements.
Of note are:
- Accurate multiple weighing samples per fruit with high precision load cells and signal conditioning to eliminate vibration noise. To ensure consistently accurate readings, it compensates for temperature fluctuations
- Multiple views of the fruit captured for analysis with highly advanced digital cameras and vision technology, while compensating for fruit orientation variations
- Sorting fruit to combinations of characteristic dimensions, volumetric size, colour and weight. Dimensions can be specified in terms of pole or middle diameter, and then either the longest, shortest or average of these. The system also can identify fruit of specific dimension for which the weight doesn’t correlate to the expected specifications
- Extensive diagnostic operator tools are available for systematic problems
- Uneven chain stretching can be identified
- Multiple sorting programs can be configured, stored and recalled
Vizier guarantees its sizer systems to perform to specification if maintenance and support guidelines are followed. By using internet- and web-based technologies, the system software now contains tools enabling customers to perform their own diagnostics.