Worldwide, approximately 42 million tons of soy bean oil, 25 million tons of rapeseed oil and 12 million tons of sunflower oil are produced and the number is increasing. Providing high-quality certified seed in connection with the reduction of post-harvest losses has the highest priority in oilseed production in order to meet the rising demand. Some countries book a post-harvest loss of around 40%, partially caused by an improper processing chain.
The irregular maturation of most oilseeds, as well as the exposed position of the embryo place particularly high demands on the processing technology. Sorting of seeds is hampered by the dark colors of rape and sunflower seeds, which are also often infested with dark fungi (e.g. Sclerotinia in sunflower). Technology for oilseeds must be highly precise but also extremely gentle in the handling of the seeds.
Gentle handling combined with precision: This particular PETKUS Technology Principle is demonstrated in the Batch Chemical Treater and OptoSelector. Depending on the batch retention time in the chemical treater intense physical forces during incrusting or coating can affect the grain negatively.
The PETKUS Design Philosophy places a strong emphasis on technological details concerning functionality and efficiency of the spray chamber thus significantly reducing batch time and maintaining treatment quality.
The ROEBER OptoSelector OS900 guarantees highest sorting accuracy. Precision becomes reality through the use of RGB color cameras, additional and unique shape detection technology as standard, optional NIR detection systems and energy-efficient LED lighting with an extremely high uniformity and brightness distribution.