by Junya Ishibashi, Vice President, PT. Satake Gobel Indonesia


The Republic of Indonesia is the home to the world's fourth largest population (approximately 270 million people). As its official motto 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika' (Unity in Diversity) states, the country is known for its rich diversity in land, people, and culture. The country consists of over 13,000 islands spread over 5,000km from east to west, which almost matches the width of the Northern American continent. According to the World Economic Forum, the number of languages spoken in the country also exceeds 700, which results in their language diversity being ranked number 2 in the world after Papua New Guinea. The people's staple food is rice, but the country grows varieties of other commodities such as coffee etc.

Satake has been working closely with its distributor, PT. Rutan in Indonesia for decades to provide solutions and services in the country. Also, it has established PT. Satake Gobel Indonesia (SGI) in 2013 to further serve customers in an efficient and timely manner to cover the Indonesian market in line with the country's economic development.

One of the SGI's core activities is to expand its business in both rice and non-rice businesses with its highly trained service engineers. Another area SGI is currently focusing on is the grain processing industry, an area where optical sorting technology is needed to replace traditional methods of mechanical separation, which cannot give the required speed and accuracy.

Here are two main challenges Indonesian processors currently face:

Safety: Product contaminated with foreign or unwanted materials

Quality: Inconsistent product quality resulting in lower product value

The effectiveness of optical sorters, which inspects the optical quality of the product and rejects the defective material by compressed air, has been widely known by many processors. However, there are several obstacles posing challenges to introduce this technology to their facilities. The challenges each producer faces are different from one location to the next. The variety and percentage of unwanted contamination can fluctuate depending on the source of material, and even depending upon the season.

To deliver the best support for our customers, SGI has a testing facility in the central city of Surabaya, equipped with an optical sorting machine for testing and demonstration purposes. This facility, combined with its highly skilled engineers, makes it possible for customers to conduct sorting and processing tests using their own samples before making decisions to introduce the technology to their facilities. The sample test also provides systematic evaluations of our customers product process as well as providing solutions tailored to their needs.

The optical sorter at SGI's testing facility is the FMS2000. This model is equipped with the latest tri-chromatic optical sensors, which capable of analysing the slightest colour differences at high resolution. Sometimes, high sensitivity in analysis can work adversely for users in terms of ease of operation, when you want to deliver a fine adjustment against the fluctuating material quality. FMS, however, incorporates highly automated software which replaces major parts of the analysis and sort setting procedures, which otherwise are needed to be performed by the operators. This function, along with the reliable Japanese hardware, FMS is designed to deliver stable and easy operation for many users in Indonesia.

Some of the sorting applications SGI has delivered to the customers in the past include:

Coffee (roasted, Robusta & Arabica raw beans)

A quick demonstration of the innovative FMS2000 sorting raw coffee beans. The raw coffee bean is one of the most challenging materials in the industry because of the slight colour differences of the target product. SGI has been supporting many Indonesian exporting coffee bean companies, as well as an Indonesian Government-owned company for export quality coffee beans.


Indonesia is known as one of the best quality peppercorn producing countries in the world. The industry, especially the exporters, fully utilise Satake's technology to surpass international quality standard.

Dried coconut

Even with very small material sizes such as grated coconut, FMS delivers higher product quality that increases product sale value.

Besides above applications, optical sorter FMS is utilised in many products such as coriander seeds and tree nuts for the domestic market, and crackers for international distribution. These are just a small selection of the sorting applications Satake has successfully delivered in the Indonesian market. FMS improves product quality with precise and efficient sorting, thus delivering higher product value in both Indonesian domestic and overseas markets.

In case Indonesian customers have other materials requiring sorting demonstrations, such as almonds, cashews, Edamame beans, pasta, dried noodles, dry snack foods, confectionary, olives, tea, tobacco, seaweed, industrial plastics, bulk solids, dry pet food and kibble, or any other material, SGI will be able to offer full support by utilising the global Satake network, including the Satake head office in Japan and other offices in Asia to perform the necessary tests.

In the current situation with COVID-19, SGI will take measures to protect its employees and business partners from the virus, prevent the spread of the virus in the global communities, and continue to support its customers' businesses.

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