The Next Generation of Onion Grading

March, 14, 2023


“The upgrade to TrueAI has been a huge step forward. With TrueAI, we have been able to greatly reduce post-control” Benny Murre – co owner Top The Onion Group


Shaping the future together with innovative growers

The next generation of onion grading is a sum of collective knowledge and experience. It’s built up through years of close cooperation with onion growers and packers around the world. Over these years, we gathered tons of data about all kinds of onion defects and grading challenges. With this intelligence, we have been working on the development of our deep learning solution. The next generation of onion grading is called TrueAI.

How did this collective intelligence arise?

For the past 15 years, Ellips has partnered with cutting-edge onion customers around the world including, the UK, North America, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Together, we revolutionized grading, sorting and packing performance for onions. These innovative onion businesses delivered outstanding results using external and internal grading technology.

What were the key factors for this joint success?

  1. The introduction of accurate grading of internal defect detection.
  2. A grader built to withstand the rigors and environment associated with onion packing.
  3. Delivering unmatched throughput (tons/lane).

What will the future bring for you?

Innovations cannot stop; they enable the evolutions required to take your business to new groundbreaking levels. As such, innovation and continual product enhancement is the key to the long-term success of our customers. The new deep learning software TrueAI significantly improved grading performance. This upgrade was rolled out at Top The Onion Group in The Netherlands in January. The results are outstanding. And this good news is spreading fast. We are currently implementing TrueAI at new clients and updating existing customers’ systems.

How TrueAI is Changing the Game

What are the new opportunities for you? With TrueAI, you can now deliver near-perfect grading accuracy through superior detection of complex defects and onion characteristics. As grading performance moves towards 100% detection accuracy, grading tasks can be done with minimal staff. You can be assured that each onion ends up at its rightful destination. This allows you to achieve maximum returns and the consistent quality desired by your customers. This software is designed to make your life easier. Operator’s tasks will be less complex and more automated. You will have more time to focus on other important operational issues.

“The upgrade to TrueAI has been a huge step forward. With TrueAI, we have been able to greatly reduce post-control” Benny Murre – co owner Top The Onion Group



What are the most important benefits of TrueAI?

1. The Power of AI in detecting complex defects

Every onion is different. So is every defect. Internal and external defects occur in many ways. This makes it difficult for existing grading technology to model and calculate all these combinations. The good news is that you can detect complex defects and onion characteristics with TrueAI. You are now able to improve detection of difficult defects like fusarium, misshapen and root tear. You can detect them at a very high level of accuracy with minimal false positives.

2. See your grading technology getting smarter every day

Let’s talk about AI; how does it work? With TrueAI, the algorithms are developed by using vast amounts of data gathered from around the world. By incorporating additional defect data on an ongoing basis, TrueAI will be continually enriched with data. This data is collected from our large global customer base across different seasons and growing conditions. You can all benefit from this collective intelligence.

3. Can we make your life easier?

As grading performance moves towards 100% detection accuracy, grading tasks can be done with minimal staff. Many of the grading parameter, previously created by the operator, can now be managed by the system. The TrueAI algorithms work out-of-the-box so that you can apply them immediately without modification. The operator still has an important role to play. His/her expertise relates to the dynamic quality standards demanded by specific customers and markets. You want the best of both worlds.
1. An operator who has knowledge of onion quality characteristics.
2. This new grading technology to meet your customer’s unique demands.

Are you ready for the next level?

Adopt the latest technology and improve your grading performance with TrueAI. Its deep learning capabilities help to grade your produce more accurately and consistently. This results in increased efficiency, reduced waste and increased profitability. High-quality produce leads to improved customer satisfaction and loyalty, giving you a competitive advantage in the market.

As earlier mentioned, Top The Onion Group in The Netherlands took advantage of this new opportunity. We are currently deploying TrueAI on all new customers’ systems being installed throughout the world. This includes Rio Fresh and G &R Farms in the USA. We will also be upgrading our existing customers’ systems throughout 2023 and beyond.

Make the most of this opportunity and stay ahead of the curve!

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