New Grape-Sorting Machine Uses Optics, Can Sort 10 Tons an Hour (A052)
BUCHER VASLIN INTRODUCES NEW GRAPE-SORTING METHOD THAT USES OPTICS
[USPRwire, Mon May 17 2010] French manufacturer Bucher Vaslin, one of the world leaders in wine-producing equipment, has developed Delta Vistalys, an automated grape-sorting process. Utilizing optics, the process offers the possibility of an adjustable, precise and repetitive harvest sorting prior to the winemaking phase. Delta Vistalys is available on the American market via the Bucher Vaslin subsidiary established in Sebastopol, Calif. (contact details below).
Delta Vistalys uses optical technology to sort red grapes using a color camera. Users can easily adjust the machine according to their own selection criteria: the color of grapes to be kept, as well as size and shape criteria of particles to be discarded.
Ongoing image analysis allows users to calibrate sorting with extreme accuracy. The system then discards all undesirable elements as configured by the user: split grapes, stems, pink, rotten or dried up grapes, etc.
With a capacity that can reach up to 10 tons per hour, Delta Vistalys is ideal for cellars intending to enhance their harvest. It can also help make batches according to a given standard of quality (via successive sorting), thus better controlling harvest conditions by ensuring impeccable sorting quality. 100% of the harvest may be sorted by Delta Vistalys, whether the grapes are harvested by hand or mechanically.
The sorting process is paced through three major steps: draining the destemmed harvest, analyzing the image and sorting the harvest. A vibrating table is used beforehand in order to sift the harvest and provide a regular feed into Delta Vistalys. The grapes coming from the vibrating table are then distributed on to a conveyor belt fitted with notches. The notches stabilize the grapes so that the color camera may take accurate pictures. Once the pictures have been analyzed, undesirable elements are ejected towards an evacuation belt, while the retained grapes are led towards a lifting belt.
Bucher Vaslin has a subsidiary in Sebastopol, Calif., in charge of marketing Delta Vistalys throughout the American and Canadian markets.
High-resolution images are available on request.
For more information, please contact:
Rue Gaston Bernier
49290 Chalonnes sur Loire
Tel.: +33 2 41 74 50 50
BUCHER VASLIN IN THE USA:
Ms. Mea Leeman
350 Morris St., Suite E
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Tel.: (707) 823-2883
FRENCH TECHNOLOGY PRESS OFFICE
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3740
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel.: (312) 327-5260
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