Auckland, New Zealand (September 20, 2018) - Following exceptional grading results during the 2018 apple season with T&G in New Zealand, Compac has begun volume shipping of their next generation internal grading system, Inspectra2, for installation globally. Inspectra2 has improved usability and greater performance to enable deployment as standard capability in packhouses to maximize yield and guarantee consumer eating experience, regardless of seasonal variability. Inspectra2 is available for all new sorters and as an upgrade for most existing sorting machines.
T&G are one of New Zealand’s largest apple exporters growing and marketing proprietary brands such as Envy™ and JAZZ™ to countries around the world. T&G’s brand promise requires a constant drive to deliver a high-quality eating experience for consumers. This vision to protect and enhance their brand aligned well with Compac and made them the perfect partner for the testing of Compac’s next generation near-infrared (NIR) platform, Inspectra2. The Inspectra2 was installed at T&G’s packing facility in Nelson, New Zealand, alongside their existing Spectrim external grading platform from Compac.
Morgan Rogers, head of quality and innovation pipfruit at T&G Global states that, “At a brand level, internal grading with NIR has enabled T&G to create a win/win for both consumers and growers.”
Twenty years ago, Inspectra1 pioneered the use of NIR at production speeds for internal quality grading of fresh produce. Today, Inspectra2 uses more advanced NIR spectroscopy technologies which are also leveraged across TOMRA. Like the Compac Spectrim the Inspectra2 platform is future proofed with the power to support further enhancements.
The onsite validation showed a leap forward in internal grading performance, and Morgan notes: “We’ve been using Inspectra2 successfully this year with 20% improvement in the cleaning of fruit and protecting the growers’ interests by ensuring that only the bad fruit is removed. We’re able to retain the good fruit from the lines for sales.”
Inspectra2 was also created with operational usability at the forefront of its design. An improved user interface with streamlined modeling and calibration makes Inspectra² significantly easier to operate than its predecessor. And while T&G continues to pursue its passion for freshness every day, everywhere, Compac, part of TOMRA Food, is actively investigating ways to better guarantee this freshness for consumers.
Mike Riley, CEO of Compac, summarized the new position: “We have many examples of customers recovering millions of dollars of variable produce, or creating new differentiated product lines with Inspectra1. Now, having improved the usability and performance, we are particularly excited by the ability to deploy Inspectra2 on more existing sorters to bring them up to the new standard of performance to meet customer demands.”
Compac provides integrated post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry using the world’s most advanced grading technology. Combining industry leading solutions with award-winning grading platforms like Spectrim, the company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, usable technologies. To achieve this, Compac operates centers of excellence, regional offices and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.
Compac is a member of the TOMRA Group that was founded on innovation in 1972 that began with design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today, TOMRA has ~90,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total revenues of ~6.6 billion NOK in 2016. The Group employs ~3,500 globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. (OSE: TOM). The TOMRA Group continues to innovate and provide cutting-edge solutions for optimal resource productivity within two main business areas: Collection Solutions (reverse vending and material recovery) and Sorting Solutions (recycling, mining and food sorting).