To maximize recovery of either your sweet corn or your seed corn, you don’t want to be too aggressive with your husking operation. Yes, must that husk and silk, but you also need to maintain kernel integrity. Seed processors want to reduce premature shelling. You need the best yield and the highest prices in your finished product. This means finding the right balance of tilt and roll speed on your husker. It may also involve air and water. Seed, field conditions, moisture and many more factors are variable from one input load to the next, impacting how tight the husk is to the cob, individual cob diameter and more.
After balancing your processing and quality goals, you will have some cobs that exit the husker that need to go through that system again. Typically this is under 10% of your cobs, which indicates an optimized balance on the husker.
At this point, you could install an inspection conveyor and a staff up with many employees to look for green, unhusked ears, and to grab and throw these cobs down a chute to be re-cycled through the husker. Or, you could use a paddle-based optical sorter than tends to damage ears and reduce your recovery.
Or, you can put in a PROEX FOOD iNTELLIPRO® GREEN EAR SORTING system. Yes, this is what we believe is the right solution for your line.
The PROEX FOOD system uses a combination of a vision system (look for the color green), an AI-based image analytics system, a delta robot (one or more, depending on your capacity) and an end-of-tool (multiple options) that is fully integrated with the rest of your line. The system automatically sees green cobs, and grabs them. A single layer or product is recommended. From there, the robot sends the cobs where they will be picked up by the re-cycling conveyor on your line.
The best part of this: the robot doesn’t get tired, rub its eyes, or gossip about their neighbors’ kids. That means it doesn’t miss cobs, which does still happen in a manual sorting line. It can also run whenever your processing line is operational – no overtime, holiday pay, etc. You can run when you want.
Green Ear Delta Robots
PROEX FOOD engineers have looked at your capacity and configuration, and have determined the right quantity of robots to enable this automation for your line.
There are considerations of your corn type, processing output style, available room, likelihood of stacking and more that went into our calculations on the right end-of-tool technology for your specific project.