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

Titan Farms: The recognized benchmark for quality in the peach industry

Posted by Matt Stillwell on Dec 20, 2016 11:31:17 AM


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Topics: Customer Story, Spectrim, Gentle Handling, Data, Sizer, Integration

Compac launches Spectrim™ retrofits for competitor packing lines

Posted by Compac on Dec 7, 2016 12:46:21 PM

PRESS RELEASE – December 7, 2016 Compac is set to retrofit Spectrim™ optical fruit grading platform on competitor machinery following its world-wide product success.

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Topics: Spectrim, Press Release, Retrofit

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

Spectrim the perfect combination of sophistication and simplicity for packhouses

Posted by Dave Welch on Aug 28, 2016 7:05:47 PM

It’s been almost a year since Spectrim was launched in the market and in that time we’ve seen real success from our customers who have invested in the platform.

Spectrim’s ability to “grade above the line” is where the operator and packhouse are seeing business value. What is the line? The line is the grade which the packhouse is looking to reach. This grade could be the minimum USDA standard required for packhouses, or it can be the grade their customer's demand – the standard in which their brand promises and their consumers expect.

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Topics: Spectrim, Data

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

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

Compac’s New Optical Sorting Platform Delivers Leap Forward in Efficiency and Quality at Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

Posted by Compac on Jan 20, 2016 11:59:48 AM

PRESS RELEASE - January 20, 2016  Ground-breaking SpectrimTM Platform Enables Faster, Consistent Grading
and Lower Operating Costs

Compac, a world leader in post-harvest integrated solutions and services to the fresh produce industry, announced the successful operational deployment of its SpectrimTM optical sorting platform at Washington Fruit and Produce Company.

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Topics: Press Releases, Customer Story, Spectrim