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QSorter® Explorer

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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.
Benefits
QSorter® Explorer
QSorter® Horizon
The QSorter® Explorer can analyze up to 30 kernels with respect to biochemical and physical properties for a more accurate, faster and reliable classification of your sample. We provide you with a game-changing solution to stay ahead of your competition!
What if you’d know exactly what’s inside each grain of your production? How many quality classes would you create? How many new products would you bring to the market? What benefits could you bring to your customers?
Multiple measurements in one pass: biochemical and physical properties
Protein
Moisture
Oil
Size
Weight
... and more
Non-destructive method
Full statistics per kernel
and per the batch/lot
Easy to operate
(no specialized
personnel needed)
> 99% mechanical sorting accuracy
Fast analysis:
up to 30 kernels per second
Multiple measurements in one pass:
biochemical and physical properties
Protein
Moisture
Oil
Size
Weight
... and more
Non-destructive
method
Full statistics per kernel
and per the batch/lot
Easy to operate
(no specialized
personnel needed)
99% mechanical sorting accuracy
Fast analysis:
up to 3'000 kernels per second
Applications

Industries

QSorter® Explorer provides unique benefits to:

  • SEED BREEDERS: select specific seeds (targeted phenotyping), increase population size and fasten the breeding cycles;
  • QUALITY INSPECTION COMPANIES: shorten inspection time up to 80%, remove subjectivity and save in costs;
  • FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES: test production continuously or develop new premium products.

Commodities

Here are just some of QSorter® Explorer applications by commodity:

  • COFFEE: get rid of quaker beans. More info
  • SWEET CORN: Remove GMO field kernels and increase purity. More info
  • CORN HAPLOID/DIPLOID: automatise removal of diploid kernels. More info
  • RICE: Inspect chalkiness, broken, moisture and other properties. More info
  • PEANUTS: flag kernels with high aflatoxin risk, measure oleic content and physical parameters. More info
  • SOYBEANS: measure protein, oil, oleic content and other physical properties. More info
  • OATS: remove gluten contamination and enhance certification. More info
Technical Specifications
Parameter
Value
1
Speed
30 to 50 kernels per second
2
Sensor technologies
Full-Spectrum Near-Infrared and 3D Imaging
3
Sorting classes
2 or 3 in just one pass
4
Measurement type
Non-invasive and non-destructive
5
Products
Rice, corn, oats, soybeans, peanuts, coffee, barley, wheat
6
Size and weight
L120 cm x W90 cm x H78 cm - 110 kg / 47.2 x 35.4 x 30.7 in. - 242 lbs.
7
Power consumption
< 4 kW