Bühler’s all-new YJT W optical sorter combines advanced processing software with automatic product tracking, tertiary sorting and LED illumination, with capacities of up to 8 to 10 tonnes per hour.

The Bühler Group, a global leader in rice processing and optical sorting, has today strengthened its product offering for regional and local rice millers with the introduction of a new, cost-effective optical sorter – the Bühler YJT W.  Engineered for a balanced and stable sort over long process runs, it provides high capacity operation and optimised accept/reject accuracy to meet a growing demand from small to medium sized rice processors in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, who require reliable sorting across varying levels of contamination.

- the Bühler YJT W
The Bühler YJT W

The YJT W is competatively priced, advanced, high throughput optical rice sorter. Available with performance capacities of up to 10 tonnes per hour, it is intended to redefine user expectations for stability, capacity, accuracy and reliability for newly-automating companies.

Neil Dyer, Global Product Manager at Bühler says: “The YJT W is designed and built to Bühler’s renowned quality standards, to give reliability and a high capacity throughput. Its performance level and long-term stability, which was previously only seen on top-of-the-range machinery, is now making world-class optical sorting technology available across the whole rice processing industry.”

At the heart of the YJT W is a bespoke inspection system that combines custom-built cameras and LED lighting. This is capable of detecting different colour variations and spot defects, including chalky, peck, pale, yellows and foreign material. The unique thing about this color sorter in this market segment is Automatic Product Tracking – a technology that means the sorter will maintain a balanced and stable sorting performance, despite variations in input product. Bühler’s optical sorting technology and processing expertise guarantees accurate performance and reliable quality, along with cost-effective operation.

The modular design of the YJT W means it can be configured with up to seven chutes, to provide flexibility for primary, secondary and tertiary sorting. Each chute has 64 powerful, high-speed ejectors, ensuring effective sorting. This allows customised operations, while maintaining high throughput and accurate operations.

In seven-chute formats, the YJT W can process up to 10 tonnes of rice per hour, even adjusting for fluctuating contamination levels, as different rice varieties are sorted. Further, the easy-to-use control software can hold up to 100 predefined operating modes in its memory, enabling efficient product changeover.

Bühler has designed and built the YJT W sorter to be able to operate at peak performance over a long period of time, to deliver consistent maximum profit potential, through increased uptime. The machine designers were careful to include details such as sealed control and optical cabinets and smart dust handling, to ensure reliable operation, which will ultimately help maintain productivity, even in the most arduous of working environments.

About Bühler:

Every day, billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for foods, mobility, or communication. With our industrial-scale process technologies and solutions, we contribute significantly to feeding the world’s population, setting the focus on food security and food safety. Bühler flour mills process around 65% of the wheat harvested worldwide into flour. Its contribution to processing rice and producing pasta, chocolate, or breakfast cereals is similarly important. Moreover, Bühler is a leading solution provider of die casting, wet grinding, and surface coating technologies, with an emphasis on automotive, optics, electronics, printing & packaging inks, and glass applications. The solutions provided for these industries are distinguished by high energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. As a leading technology group, Bühler invests up to 5% of its sales revenue in research and development. Bühler is proud of its Swiss roots, with 10,600 employees in some 140 countries generating sales of CHF 2.3 billion for the 2014. The family-owned company Bühler is particularly committed to sustainability.