Blueberry Sorting


WECO offers a full line of Blueberry packaging as well as foreign material, defect, and size sorting for the fresh-pack and frozen markets.

Our state-of-the-art defect and foreign material sorters, in addition to our pre- and post-IQF frozen blueberry sorters, have been the industry standard for over 15 years.  This market leadership has continued with the introduction of the fresh BerryTek Sortivator line in 2021, weigh-and-fill packaging line (in partnership with Azcaval) in 2021, and Jumbo Size Sortivator in 2022.

Simply put: WECO provides the fastest, most effective, and gentlest berry sorting and packaging products on the market.  That is why our equipment is used by every major Blueberry marketing brand in the world.  

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Fresh Blueberries

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BerryTek Sortivator

Three small but essential advances make the new BerryTek Color Sortivator the gentlest and most sanitary blueberry color sorter in the industry. First, an integrated elevator transfers the berries from one machine to the next with a drop of less than 2 inches (5 cm). Second, the pathway from the main channelized belt through the camera system has been reduced by 2 full inches (5 cm). Third, all new WECO machines feature integrated wash and dry-in-place systems.  The Sortivator line is available in 40″ (102 cm) width.

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Impulse2 Sortivator

The new Impulse2 has twice the processing power and four times the resolution compared with the original version, which translates into increased soft sorting accuracy.

The new Impulse2 Soft Sortivator uses a series of 50 dynamic sensors that detect soft, over-ripe and damaged berries and has three essential features that make it the gentlest and most sanitary berry sorter. First, an integrated elevator transfers the berries from one machine to the next with a drop of less than 2 inches (5 cm). Additionally, the pathway from the main channelized belt to the sensor block has been reduced by 2 full inches (5 cm). Finally, all new WECO machines have integrated wash and dry-in-place systems.

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Jumbo Sizer

The new Jumbo Sizer seamlessly integrates into an existing Sortivator line to provide sizing options.  Utilizing our ChromaxHD camera system to measure every berry based on the user’s input, it gently redirects jumbo berries onto a reconfigured cross conveyor for gentle handling.  It also operates at the same throughput as the rest of our Sortivator line, providing exceptional accuracy without losing throughput.  Finally, the Jumbo Sizer provides the option for reverse sorting, meaning if the vast majority of the fruit is jumbo the user can configure the touch screen to remove small berries only.

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Touchscreen Console

Introduced in 2021, the new Line-Control Touchscreen allows the user to control all WECO manufactured cleaning line equipment — from the blower to the color and soft sorters through the inspection table.

Our new Sortivator machines require this new 19” (48.3 cm) touchscreen with our new state-of-the-art software platform. Start, stop, line speed adjustments, and the in-place cleaning/drying functions are controlled from this central touchscreen. The new display also provides real-time expanded sort data. Additionally, both LAN and WAN networking capabilities are included for future data collection and reporting.

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WECO Inspection Table

Available in 6- and 8-foot (1.83 m and 2.44 m) lengths, the WECO-designed inspection table fits perfectly with our Sortivator machines.

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Blower

WECO is proud to introduce an all-new, state-of-the-art blower that perfectly fits our WECO equipment. The blower features:

  • Adjustable hopper for product flow
  • Single, low-bruise plastic chain belt that carries the fruit throughout the entire process
  • Catch pan below the hopper that collects small debris and keeps the space below the in-feed clean
  • Compact, efficient linear fan design that requires only half the power of competitor systems
  • Ultra-quiet fan operation
  • Two separate collection points for berries and leaves/debris
  • Hood screen that is easily cleaned without special tools
  • Built-in spray and drying bars for clean-in-place sanitation
  • Blower exit that has a less than 2-inch (5 cm) transition to the next stage

The new WECO blower is available with or without the line-control console.

Frozen Blueberries

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ProcessTek

Pre-IQF: The WECO ProcessTek optical sorter is a single-view, high-capacity sorter designed specifically for a wet-line environment before the berries are frozen. With its high-speed belt and new ChromaxHD Technology, this machine provides a mission-critical sort prior to freezing. ProcessTek efficiently removes green and red berries along with over-ripe, shriveled berries and foreign material. Available in 40” (102 cm) and 64″ (163 cm) widths.

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VibeTek

Post-IQF: This double-view optical sorter uses a vibratory pan-feed delivery system to get the fruit to the optical cameras, preventing frozen berries from sticking to belts. By using two sets of cameras, the VibeTek sees 100% more surface area than a single-view sorter, greatly reducing the number of half-green or half-red berries. Advanced algorithms are also very effective in removing shriveled berries. This high-capacity optical sorter provides a critical final clean-up sort after an IQF tunnel. It can also be used for repacking frozen berries in the off-season.  40” (102 cm) width.