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