New Compass optical sorter from Key Technology


Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces the all-new Compass family of food optical sorters.

Powered by next-generation inspection technology as well as a new sort engine and ergonomic user interface, Compass is “the easiest to use optical sorter on the market” says distributor Heat and Control, achieving consistently accurate foreign material (FM) and product defect removal and simplifying system operation, sanitation and maintenance. COMPASS helps processors automate and improve quality management of their food products, while maximising yield and increasing profitability.

“Compass is ideal for sorting processed, frozen and pre-processed vegetables and fruits, nuts, leafy greens, potato chips, confections and other food products. Thanks to its advanced sensors and lighting technology, as well as Key’s powerful new Next sort engine, Compass accurately identifies and separates plastic, glass, paper and other organic and inorganic FM from the line, in addition to sorting the specific product defects each processor wants to manage to deliver its customers the product quality grade they expect,” says the company.

Key designed Compass for extreme ease of use. Its highly intuitive user interface mimics the navigation of smart device apps and enables an operator without any technical background to quickly become proficient in using the sorter. Operators can quickly create and edit COMPASS sort recipes to ensure consistent performance on every product run.
Compass features Key Discovery, a powerful data analytics and reporting software that turns the sorter into an IIoT-connected device, delivering a wealth of product quality and sort process information that gives food processors valuable insights into the operation of their line.

Compass is offered in a configurable range of system types and sizes to meet individual customer application and capacity requirements. Key is first introducing chute-fed Compass models, to be followed by belt-fed variants of the sorter. Compass can be installed in line at the start of the process to sort incoming product, after critical transformational processes on the line or at the end of the food processing line to ensure final product quality and safety prior to packaging.

Key supports its customers worldwide through an extensive sales network and its global SupportPro service team. Key equipment is exclusively sold by Heat and Control in New Zealand and manufactured in Australia and India.