London — Bühler AG has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious innovation award, for its optical sorting technology that has shown the ability to increase foreign materials detection by 10 percent, the supplier reports.
Johannes Wick, Bühler Group’s CEO for grains & food, says: “This breakthrough technology will make the difference for us in the market for years to come. What is now in reach are applications to grade raw materials for composition and to remove invisible contaminations. This will be a major contribution to provide healthy and safe nutrition around the world.”
The company’s camera technology is capable of recognizing the subtlest of color and shading contrasts in materials and foods, significantly increases detection rates, according to the supplier.
The Queen’s Award is given to British businesses that have excelled in the fields of international trade, sustainable development or innovation, Bühler reports. This marks the seventh time the supplier has received the recognition since 1968.
Bühler’s Timothy Kelf, head of sensor development, says: “The fact that we have been so successful in a number of different market segments with this technology shows the strength and depth of our capabilities in cutting-edge technologies.”