Food Sorting Equipment for Bacon Bits

Source: TOMRA Sorting Solutions

Food Sorting Equipment for Bacon Bits

Bacon bits, used in salads and other dishes or as food toppings by consumers, can be sorted by TOMRA's Nimbus free-fall laser sorter

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TOMRA's Nimbus meat sorter detects and rejects foreign material, including bones, plastics in colours such as yellow, blue and green, pieces of wood, aluminum, paper, metal pieces and burned pieces.

The TOMRA bacon bits sorter complies with the specific requirements of the meat industry in relation to material handling and sanitation.


The bacon bits are scanned by lasers from two sides, which detect black and burned pieces that are rejected milliseconds later by air valves.

The meat sorting machine uses a feed shaker so the bacon bits are spread uniformly and a single layer progresses onto the free-fall chute. It then falls towards the inspection zone and is spread out by gravitation, where it is scanned by the lasers. A few milliseconds later, defective pieces are hit with a precise and powerful burst of air, which sends them into the rejection zone, while the good product continues its natural free-fall.


The Nimbus meat sorter is extremely user-friendly and calibration-free, which is the ultimate proof of stability.

The sorter has been adapted in its design, making it easy to clean and ensuring there are no hidden parts where meat could stick. The bacon bits sorter has an open frame design, a special mount for optics (to prevent bacteria growth in the frame) and sloped surfaces, avoiding product lying on the frame.


  • Increased yield
  • Reduced labor requirements
  • Increased throughput
  • Consistent quality

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