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QSorter® Explorer is the most advanced robot for single kernel analysis and sorting powered by advanced mechatronics and artificial intelligence. It has been designed to provide breeders, food processors, and inspection companies with an unprecedented amount of quality data to better understand the value of the raw materials and to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Each kernel is analysed by a 2D/3D camera and a high resolution Near Infrared spectrometer between 900 and 1'700 nm. The advanced mechatronics is able to provide sorting accuracies higher than 99% and split kernels in up to 3 classes. Companies all over the world are using the QSorter® Explorer with very exciting applications and here is a short overview of each one of them.
Quality Inspection - Save 80% Time and 30% Costs
QSorter® Explorer can inspect each kernel accurately with respect to biochemical (e.g. protein, moisture, oil, sucrose) and physical (e.g. color, size, shape, defects) parameters. Thanks to the very high speed, samples can be inspected in a very short amount of time. One the sample is inserted into the hopper, the QSorter® Explorer can (1) separate the sound kernels from the visually defected kernels,(2) analyse the samples for protein, moisture, oil and other compositional parameters, (3) measure additional key quality features such as weight, size and (4) report all the findings in a digital quality report that can be shared with all relevant stakeholders.
By means of this approach, companies can save 80% time or more in visual inspection, reduce drastically the subjectivity error, inspect more in depth for a higher confidence, and replace other laboratory instrumentation. This results in cost savings of at least 30% per sample.
Breeding and Ultra Fast Digital Phenotyping
QSorter® Explorer can be applied to select seeds in a non destructive way with respect to several compositional and physical parameters. Whether you are breeding soybeans, corn, sunflower seeds, wheat or any other commodity, you will find very useful to deepen the understanding of the key breeding parameters, run multiple and complex sorting experiments, create larger and targeted populations and run field trials with a much higher chance of success. This results in strong savings with wet chemistry analyses, reduce seed waste up to 80% and accelerate breeding cycles. Today, major seed companies are using the QSorter® Explorer to develop tailored breeding programs and advancing faster with experiments.
Food and Beverage R&D
Are you developing new food or drink products? Are you trying to understand why the consistency of your process keeps varying? The QSorter® Explorer can enable to run tons of experiments and test your assumptions in no time. We have several solutions for coffee beans, oats, corn, soybeans, rice and many other commodities. Our advanced technology allows you to physically isolate kernels with specific biochemical and/or physical properties so that targeted experiments can be conducted. The experiments are non destructive and non invasive so that no alteration is introduced into the trials. The large amount of QSorter® Explorer can be used to run several statistical analyses on the samples and help you debugging the outcome of the experiments. Thanks to its multiple functions, the QSorter® Explorer is an advanced and cost effective research tool that can be easily integrated into your laboratory but also along the processing lines to verify the consistency and the performance of all your processing equipment.
Why the QSorter® Explorer Is Unique
Existing single kernel technologies are not necessarily providing you with several key sensing and speed capabilities at once. High-speed process, imaging, high-resolution spectroscopy and accurate sorting are all part of the QSorter® Explorer. Furthermore, the enormous amount of quality data, in a digital format, can be easily exported and enable you to run several offline analyses. The process can run at 30 kernels per second and more. The unprecedented quality insights are key to key solve challenging breeding, R&D and inspection challenges.