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Optical Sorting Platform Deployed at Washington Fruit and Produce

Photonics.com
Jan 2016
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 22, 2016 — Post-harvest technology and service provider Compac Sorting Equipment said its customer Washington Fruit & Produce Co. of Yakima, Wash., has successfully deployed Compac’s Spectrim optical sorting platform in its production line.

A Spectrim optical sorting system installed at Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Courtesy of Compac. 

Spectrim is a modular and upgradeable optical sorting platform designed to detect external defects and classify items. Advanced machine-learning algorithms allows for a high level of automation and eliminate variations in grading outcomes caused by inconsistent approaches associated with differing human operators, Compac said.

The system captures up to 500 HD images of a single piece of fruit as it passes through the machine at a rate of 12 pieces of fruit per second.

“With Spectrim we are able to run without manually sorting — something we've never been able to do before, giving us a huge competitive edge,” said Mikey Hanks, system operator at Washington. “We packed Braeburns for the first time this week and started without any [human] sorters.”



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