New technological advancements, such as sensors and drones, are emerging in the agricultural sector. Many growers see the advantages and are experimenting with these techniques. This often involves a lot of data collection. However, improvements can still be made in terms of analysing and exploiting this data to improve harvests. HZPC founded Solentum B.V. to offer a workable solution.
Grading colours with Soleye
A second product offered by Solentum is a machine that automatically grades the colour of chips. This is important as the colour determines what the potato will be used for. As everyone perceives colours differently, it's hard to collect objective data. This machine gives you instant results at the press of a button. Soleye can see exactly how many pixels there are and how these are distributed. 'This may seem simple, but given that potatoes are not a uniform product, it's taken years to collect the data necessary for making a representative calculation,' explains Lilian. The biggest advantage for chips processors, for example, is that Soleye does the work of several people, which leads to maximum uniformity. Moreover, this technique can be used by the industry and packagers to determine the homogeneity of cooking types.