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Probat to cooperate exclusively with TOMRA Sorting Food

Probat, the world's leading supplier of plants and machinery for the coffee and food industry, has teamed up with TOMRA Sorting Food, the global market leader for sensor-based food sorting machines.

20 June 2016

Probat expands its range of food processing machinery and now exclusively supplies the global coffee industry with the free-fall laser sorter TOMRA Nimbus, referred to as the Probat laser sorter type LST. The LST simultaneously rejects foreign objects such as small pieces of glass, plastic particles, stones, sticks and metal parts as well as discoloured and deformed products with extremely high efficiency. It works with high resolution lasers enabling it to sort objects which cannot be detected by conventional sorters.

Thus, the LST is capable of rejecting based on biological characteristics such as chlorophyll. For example, unwanted and difficult to detect objects such as small sticks or green coffee beans of very heterogeneous color are easily identified by the LST.

Implemented with the Smart and Flex Sort Modules, the LST is able to automatically set itself. Incoming products are analyzed and the best sorting parameters are automatically selected for creating a higher level of contrast, which results in a lower false reject and the highest possible efficiency.

Premium quality products today are even more essential than they used to be years ago. The ultimate objective to develop cutting-edge food processing technologies, optimizing production flows and helping to deliver consistent high quality food is the common foundation which TOMRA and Probat build their collaboration on.

Like the Belgium-based TOMRA, Probat increasingly invests in R&D to be able to stay ahead with technological innovations to always meet customers' needs. It is the overall aim to help customers increase product quality and improve efficiency which brought both companies together. The LST in particular aims at producers of premium quality coffee products such as specialty coffee and whole bean, with very quality conscious consumers.

“With its high-performance sorting solutions for Probat, TOMRA is an equal partner, pursuing the same value-oriented strategy in terms of product quality and food safety. Together with TOMRA we are able to meet the highest customer demands on coffee quality and to constantly improve on it,” says Andreas Rinke, Senior Engineer at Probat.

Bjorn Thumas, Director Business Development at TOMRA Sorting Food, says: “This partnership is based on good synergies between both companies, Probat having the expertise in coffee roasting processes and TOMRA with their long history in sorting. This is a combination which generates the ability to supply solutions that ultimately benefit the customers.”

Probat was founded in 1868 and, today, Probat is the leading supplier of roasting and grinding plants and machinery for the coffee and food industry worldwide. The standard program of Probat comprises roasting machines of all sizes, whole roasting plants, industry grinders, controls and spare parts. About 800 employees in more than 40 countries assure that the age-long experience and know-how of Probat is being used daily. For more information about Probat, please visit


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Written by TOMRA Food

We design and manufacture sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry.