Andrew McQueen

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Simplicity vs Complexity is the wrong conversation

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Dec 21, 2016 4:30:42 PM

I’ve never been a fan of being told that our software needs to be more ‘simple’. This hasn't been the main goal – we’ve always focused on providing the maximum functionality and then, on working out how to make that both usable and flexible. Einstein has been attributed as saying “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” I’ve always read that as ‘maximize simplicity without compromising performance; make it do what you want and then make it simple’. I think of this in three logical steps: making the system fully functional, ensuring it is completely usable, and then maximizing flexibility.

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Topics: Spectrim, defect sorting, software

Removing labor in the packhouse to reduce cost-per-pack and increase profit

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Dec 21, 2016 4:30:23 PM

We all know that skilled labor is becoming more difficult to find and increasingly expensive to keep. This is a particular concern in America where a labor shortage means that packhouses are competing for staff by accommodating, transporting and feeding workers, and yet there’s still no guarantee they’ll show up for work. Labor is one of a packhouse’s largest overheads and leveraging technology can reduce this number and make the packhouse more efficient. Automating tasks with machinery allows you to be more flexible and accurate, positively affecting the bottom line. 

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Topics: Spectrim, defect sorting, software

Why a platform is the answer to future-proofing your packhouse

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Dec 6, 2016 12:35:11 PM

Our industry is currently experiencing a high rate of development and what is available now will soon be yesterday’s technology. Because technology is moving faster than ever, we designed Spectrim as a future-proof platform

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Topics: Spectrim, defect sorting

Quality and consistency of packed produce is number one for the packhouse

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Dec 5, 2016 8:15:08 PM

In our recent customer survey on what packhouse managers care about, the most important factor was ‘quality and consistency of packed produce’.

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Topics: Spectrim, defect sorting

10 reasons we should be inspecting your produce for internal defects

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Sep 28, 2016 7:49:29 PM

Following my previous blog post, Ten reasons to blemish grade, talking about external fruit grading, it seemed only natural to cover the importance of internal fruit grading next.

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Topics: Inspectra, defect sorting

Hume Pack-N-Cool use internal defect sorting to meet the Zespri standard

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Jul 27, 2016 12:59:03 PM

As New Zealand’s kiwifruit season was drawing to a close for 2016, we took a day out to head down the road and catch up with Hume Pack-N-Cool to see how their season had gone. Since 1984, Hume and Compac have been working together. This was the year that Compac founder Hamish Kennedy was building his very first grading machine for his parents’ kiwifruit orchard in Kerikeri. At the same time, Hume founder Dave Hume was building his first coolstore in Katikati.

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Topics: Customer Story, Inspectra

10 reasons why your packhouse should be defect sorting

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Jun 28, 2016 6:35:25 PM

In order to get the highest return from your crop, it’s essential you separate the good from the bad. The following are 10 of the most common reasons packhouses invest in defect sorting technology.

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Topics: Spectrim

The Recovery Play: What to do when nature doesn’t play ball?

Posted by Andrew McQueen on May 18, 2016 3:49:02 PM

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Growing the perfect piece of fruit takes years of effort. Selecting the correct plot of land, choosing the right cultivar and carefully nurturing the plant through the early years. In the months before harvest there is hard work pruning, fertilising, spraying and giving the fruit the best chance of being in perfect condition when it comes time to harvest.

The sticker on a piece of fruit is part of your brand promise - the eating experience will meet consumer expectations and keep them coming back for more.  But how can you guarantee the taste of the fruit?

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Topics: Customer Story, Inspectra

Spectrim: a case study in developing the best packhouse technology in the world.

Posted by Andrew McQueen on Apr 14, 2016 7:42:39 PM

 

Six years ago, Compac set out on a journey towards an ambitious goal: to build the world’s most powerful grading platform. This would be a system allowing packers to not only eliminate manual sorting but also produce the most consistent product for market, drastically improving their bottom lines. 

Here's the inside story of the last two years and how Spectrim was developed with our industry partners, including an exclusive interview at the launch site Washington Fruit where Spectrim is helping them change the way they're operating and deliver more consistent fruit to market, all at a lower cost. 

If you’d like to see Spectrim in action, watch the 360 video of the first install site.

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Topics: Spectrim