by Laudelino Almeida Ramos Neto, Marketing, Satake America Latina LTDA

 

The technological solutions provided by FMSR series of optical sorters have brought excellent performance, with an attractive cost/benefit ratio, to many areas of Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Satake, with its headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, initiated its activities in Latin America, establishing its subsidiary in Brazil, Satake America Latina in 1999.

Over the last 20 years, this operation has brought many innovative solutions to this expanding agribusiness market-developing and manufacturing various types of processing equipment, bringing high quality processing performance to business owners and their teams, mainly in the rice milling sector. These benefits have spread rapidly among other sectors such as beans, cashew nuts, coffee, corn, seeds and other grains. As a result, the region looks for Satake for insight into current and future challenges, to provide optimal solutions for local conditions.

The increasing demand was not just for mechanical equipment, there was also a strong drive for optical sorters that could meet ever-more stringent requirements, as well as provide innovation over the older existing optical sorting technologies available. Satake America Latina started importing the popular model FMS2000 from Japan, and successfully sold many units. These sorters have not only improved the final product quality, but also increased their customers' sales numbers by attaining higher production capacity.

As the demand for a higher capacity option accelerated, Satake rushed to bring the solution to its customers and released a new model, the FMSR series, offering up to three times the production capacity of the FMS2000. Manufacturing this machine in Brazil naturally brought down the cost, as well as avoiding import duties, thereby allowing much higher access for customers locally to this sophisticated technology.

In 2018, Satake America Latina released in Brazil the first FMSR with a three chutes model and a two chutes model and later adding a one chute model. Recently a model with up to six chutes was introduced in order to offer customers the opportunity to have a machine with higher production capacity.

The FMSR brings in its composition several advantages including components originating. Various components of the FMSR still originate from Japan, such as the full color high-resolution RGB cameras, intuitive touchscreen control, precise feeding mechanism, and highly durable conveying chutes. The machine structure and wiring assembly is completed in Brazil, resulting in a powerful combination of the advantages of both Japanese and Brazilian Satake facilities. This high performance, user-friendly optical sorter is priced very attractively, and the local manufacture allows Satake to offer financing options for the small and medium sized enterprises and rural producers in Brazil.

Since its launch, FMSR quickly gained a high reputation in many different product sectors such as beans, nuts, oats, and rice. Here follow examples of challenges that the FMSR solved on three specific products.

Being one of the largest global bean producers and consumers, estimated at 2.8 million tonnes in 2020, beans are a large part of the Brazilian industry. Producers need to offer consumers products with a good balance of quality and value. One example of the problems solved by FMSR was the sorting of 'carioca beans' from soybeans. Due to the use of the same planting area in different seasons, it results in the cross contamination of both beans, which have very similar coloration. This caused serious issues for many processing companies. With high-resolution full colour cameras and sorting algorithms, FMSR efficiently separates these two beans, resulting in business gains and excellent cost benefit to the processors.

Cashew nuts are a product of high benefit and value. Brazil exports them to many countries worldwide and it is essential to maintain their premium quality. However, with a continuous increase in labour cost, many processors started to suffer. Satake introduced FMSR to the market, providing precise sorting capability with slightest colour difference defects such as light 'film', and size separation of larger and higher value cashews with the size separating function that has provided realistic solutions to the processors. Offering its users speedy, quality, and versatile solutions, FMSR has successfully gained an excellent reputation in the Brazilian cashew nuts industry and in other cashew nut industries around the world.

Brazil has long been the world's largest producer of coffee beans. The large volume of coffee produced in the country requires a mechanised harvest in most areas and, often, immature grains are mixed in, resulting in a lower coffee quality. A higher presence of immature beans greatly alters the flavour of the final product, especially after the roasting process. With increasing demands in premium coffee such as specialty coffee, processing companies are investing in machines and solutions to eliminate this defect. Committed on providing solutions to the customers, Satake America Latina, with collaboration from a Brazilian company in Minas Gerais State, has developed and released FMSR specifically designed for the coffee industry allowing the detection and separation of immature grains simultaneously with other defects in coffee.

Incorporating over a hundred years of global experience in technological innovation, Satake America Latina continues to collaborate with customers to provide innovative, high value mechanical processing and optical sorting solutions to the agro-industrial sector, locally in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

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