Machinery : Special Purpose : Food
TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimize resource recovery and minimize waste in the food, recycling and mining industries.
TOMRA Collection launches developer portal to support its suite of APIs
TOMRA Collection, global technology provider of reverse vending machines for beverage container recycling, has announced the launch of its new developer portal. The portal is home to TOMRA’s selection of APIs, which offers development of digital solutions by integrating TOMRA’s reverse vending machines with customers’ own IT platforms.
Reverse vending machines for recycling drink containers are already highly connected via an IoT (Internet of Things) platform. The machines transfer large amounts of transaction data each day in order to reconcile the bottles recycled with the money refunded. With the addition of APIs, the data capabilities of reverse vending machines are extended further, making it part of retailers’ digital ecosystems.
High-tech potato-grading line ups profits for Cornish grower
Another problem caused by the older line relates to packers now wanting more specific size grading, particularly for the Gemson and Jazzy salad varieties the farm grows. They also prefer the crop to be delivered stone free, which is a challenge because of the region’s light loam soils having a relatively high small stone content. With their maincrop varieties, such as Electra, this can be addressed in the field, but it is much more difficult to remove on the harvester when using the narrow 28mm webs that are required for the salad crops.
Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency
Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company’s efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.
He added that there are several different useful data types at play in a packhouse; production and traceability level data, performance level data, quality data and auditing data. This data can be used to optimise the supply chain and can be used to make decisions and directions in terms of the next big thing that needs to be done. But consumer trends will constantly change the requirements of automation.