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Meet SPARK, Bühler’s simple-to-use sorter tackling big problems



Bühler Group is set to launch SPARK Pro, its simplest and most affordable optical sorter ever.



Swiss technology group Bühler is ready to launch its newest optical sorter, the SPARK Pro, promising performance at an affordable price point. SPARK has one goal in mind – simple operation with reliable performance, to bring food safety to small and medium businesses around the world. With challenges including expensive raw materials and unpredictable weather conditions, SPARK Pro offers much-needed relief to the market.

In the 1940’s, the computer was a mysterious device used by scientists. The operation was complex, and the machines were massive, weighing in excess of 30 tons. Later, the Commodore 64 was released. Simpler, smaller, family-friendly, and affordable. Opening the possibilities of modern computing.

Bühler’s SPARK Pro is another moment of ‘new possibilities’. It is beginner-friendly, simple to operate, and still produces a reliable yield quality. SPARK has taken the simplicity of optical sorting to a new level.

What is the Bühler SPARK Pro?

SPARK is an optical sorter from Bühler, a leading organization with over 160 years of experience. SPARK works with multiple commodities, including grains, pulses, rice, coffee, spices, and peanuts, to remove unwanted defects from the product, for example, sticks and stones, helping food processors achieve better yield quality, greater food safety and meet regulation standards.


Featuring a non-stop sorting algorithm to provide reliable production that won’t shut down, and a zero-spillage design so that less product is wasted, the SPARK Pro equips processors with the technology for food safety and business growth.


With the slogan “It simply works” – SPARK is not Bühler Group’s top-end and most digitally connected optical sorter, instead, it works and works well, in all environments and against most challenges. Bringing great value, with reliable performance, precise yield, and simple usability.

SPARK is targeting small to medium businesses, helping bring food safety standards, and supporting environmental initiatives around the world.

Challenging times require efficient, yet affordable solutions

With SPARK, Bühler has acknowledged the challenges facing food processing; expensive raw materials squeezing profit margins, and unpredictable weather conditions increasing the chance of defects in the product. To uphold food safety, reliable optical sorting needs to be accessible to every organization, no matter its size. SPARK does exactly that.


Leading the SPARK project at Bühler, Bernhard Gabauer, says: “SPARK Pro is built for industry purpose. From the camera technology to the saturation value, SPARK processes quickly, easily, and well. Helping food processors create good quality yield in a cost-effective way.”


The easy operation means organizations of all sizes can access safe food and good yield quality, without the need for complicated operator training and reducing the chances of human error.

Price vs performance

SPARK Pro shows an impressive 99% – 99.7% accept quality, depending on the application. That means the sorter combines a good price and good performance.

SPARK features impressive specifications for its price point:

• Easy-to-use operation and setup
• One machine solution for all applications
• Non-stop sorting algorithm
• Zero-spillage concept
• Available in flexible sizing up to 10 chutes.

The affordable price means that small to medium businesses can level up their product quality, helping bring local goods to market, reduce waste and cost-save on yield loss, and most importantly achieve greater food safety.

An easier path to growth

For small to medium businesses, SPARK offers an easier path to quality yield, healthy revenue, and safe food. SPARK will be available in November for South and Central America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, China, and the Middle East, and ready to take Europe by storm in early 2024.

For more information on SPARK, and how to access simple optical sorting with expert results, check out the webpage: CLICK HERE …….    

About Bühler

Bühler is driven by its purpose of creating innovations for a better world, balancing the needs of economy, humanity, and nature. As a relevant solution partner for the food and mobility industries, Bühler has developed a pathway to achieve a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its operations by 2030, meaning Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scopes 1 & 2, against a 2019 baseline.


It has committed to having solutions ready to multiply by 2025 that reduce energy, waste, and water by 50% in the value chains of its customers. Billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies as they cover their basic needs for food and mobility every day.

Two billion people each day enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured using parts produced with Bühler technology. Countless people wear eyeglasses, use smart phones, and read newspapers and magazines – all of which depend on Bühler process technologies and solutions.

Having this global relevance, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business. Bühler contributes to safely feeding the world and is doing its part to protect the climate, producing solutions that make cars, buildings, and machinery more energy efficient.

Bühler spends up to 5% of turnover on research and development annually. In 2022, some 12,700 employees generated a turnover of CHF 3.0 billion. As a Swiss family-owned company, Bühler is active in 140 countries around the world and operates a global network of 105 service stations, 30 manufacturing sites, and Application & Training Centers in 23 countries.

For more info click here …….


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