“"This is a technology paradigm shift for how cherries are handled”"

- Columbia Fruit

Cherries

Compac works with the world’'s leading cherry packers. We deliver unrivalled performance in terms of speed, handling, blemish detection and sorting accuracy.

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Compac has over 30 years experience designing and building turnkey packhouse technology; from infeed through to our world class after sales support. 

  

The benefits of our end-to-end cherry solutions are:

Fast and effective grading speeds

World-leading blemish detection

Greater crop returns

Minimized product giveaway

High cup fill reduces the need for recycling

Unrivalled softness sorting

Full traceability from orchard to supermarket

Packing performance metrics and compliance

Gentle handling and transfer with Compac'’s 
hydro-cushion

Lower labor requirements

5 view detection system sees a larger percentage of the cherry

“The defect sorting on softness, spurs and doubles can’t be any better - it’s phenomenal”
- Prima Frutta
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Discover how Compac can help transform your packhouse

  • Infeed & Treatment
  • Sorting & Grading
  • Packing
  • Carton Handling,
    Palletizing & Robotics
  • Data & Analysis
  • Service & Support

Infeed & Treatment

Compac'’s cherry infeed solutions ensure a gentle transition from bin or field box to the sorter. Options include:

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Bin Tipping

Our bin tipping technology is fully automated and efficient and dumping bins of cherries gently into water flumes for transportation. Our systems cater for 45-100 bins per hour.

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Small Fruit Eliminator

Removes small fruit and stones before they can enter the sorter. Eliminating undersize cherries and debris at high speed keeps the line running at maximum capacity.

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Water Flume & Pumping System

The best way to ensure gentle transportation of cherries is with our stainless steel water flume and pumping systems, designed specifically to meet your requirements. Hydro-cushion, our state-of-the-art patented water cushion technology provides the gentlest handling and transfer of your cherries onto the Compac sorter.

Compac’'s cherry treatment options include:

Cherry Hydrocooler
Hydrocooler

Hydrocooling keeps cherries at a consistent temperature as they move through the line, maintaining their shelf life and preserving their retail quality.

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Cluster Cutter

Effective cluster cutting prepares cherries for individual grading and reduces the need for manual separation of cherries.  

Sorting & Grading 

Central to Compac'’s cherry solutions is our state-of-the-art sorting technology. Your production requirements and capacity will determine the sorter which is right for your packhouse. What differentiates our sorting solutions is our innovative, industry-leading InVision cherry grading system. This system reduces labor requirements and provides you with unparalleled sorting consistency and accuracy.

 

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Size

Compac’s InVision system gives extremely accurate size grading for cherries, allowing packers to ensure cherries remain in their correct size grade, reducing downgrading of larger fruit and matching cherries to their most profitable markets. Compac’s system tracks the stem of cherries in order to measure the shoulder of the fruit, just as you would with a sizing ring, upping the accuracy of the system and ensuring retail packs meet your customers’ grade.

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Color 

Our intelligent, easy-to-use InVision learning software enables intuitive recognition of fruit types and will adjust grading accordingly. InVision can accurately perceive dark colors, subtle browns, soft pinks and yellows commonly found in different varieties of cherries.

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Surface Defects & Softness

Using Compac’'s advanced InVision software, cherries are sorted by the presence of surface blemishes and softness. Cherries are then graded on minor to major defects including softness, bruising, doubles, spurs, rain cracks, pitting, limb rubs and misshapen fruit. InVision can be configured to grade for differing levels of defects, providing maximum control when matching product grades to different markets.  

Packing

Compac’'s packing solutions have been designed with cherries in mind, ensuring a particularly gentle transition and handling.

We have many cherry packing solutions to meet the different needs of our customers including:

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Box Filling

Box filling units gently fill cherries by weight with a trickle feed to accurately fill the box to the nearest few cherries. This means less underweight boxes and reduced labor requirements to manually top up boxes.

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Punnet Filling

Delivers constant flow of cherries from the machine to the punnet or clamshell filling stations. We also have a number of third party options for punnet and clamshell filling to meet customer needs and requirements.

Carton Handling & Robotics

Reduce your labor requirements with our automated Carton Handling Systems (CHS).

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The CHS tracks cartons from the sorter and distributes them to different destinations within the packhouse for palletizing and shipping. These intelligent systems can manage multiple boxes, products and destinations simultaneously. CHS integrates with the Compac Pack Printing system to automate carton labelling and data transfer to your ERP system for traceability, compliance and stock control.  

Compac’'s pallet handling solutions improve efficiency. Our robotics ensure efficient and safe transportation of pallets around the packhouse, especially for high volume operations. 

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Data & Analytics

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Compac’'s data and integration solutions ensure that all cherries are tracked and recorded as they cross the sorter, with this information being exchanged with other packhouse systems such as ERP, traceability systems and carton printing applications.

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After Sales Service & Support

Our industry-leading service and technical support network is dedicated to ensuring you have the right support to keep your packhouse running smoothly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Compac U backs up this support with a comprehensive training program, turning your operators into experts in packhouse technology and operations.  

In addition to a 24/7 support team, online tools and resources, our after sales service includes: annual pre-season servicing of your Compac equipment; regular site audits - both mechanical and electrical; training and certification programs. Our aim is to turn your operators into experts and in doing so ensure maximum efficiency within your packhouse.

We also have our network of regional offices and partners across 15 different countries to provide localised support for our customers.

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