Hi, Industry Leaders!
What do you find most effective in terms of insect removal? What are your thoughts?
Our products are RTE Salads, baby leaves and sliced lettuce - mono, single or combination of leaves.
We use optical sorters - in particular, detection based on chlorophyll level, which has the best success rates in insect removal.
We use spotters - spotting tables with LED lights. They are removing a fair bit of insects; however, they tend to miss some every now and then.
Our Wash line has an insect Drum removal - it's a rotating drum with holes that do not do much, actually.
For reference, a similar machine:
It was pointed out that our washer does not create a vortex and hence does not re-attaching insects from the leaves well enough in order for them to be removed by the drum.
Some of our customers treats insects as serious foreign body complaints (i.e. 7 insect based complaints for period of 10 months), whereas retailers does not even require a response for such complaint, of course if it is not spiking suddenly.
Any thoughts what works best for you?