Post-harvest equipment manufacturor Compac has extended the reach of its Spectrim platform in the US market, with California-based Sun Pacific the latest company to install the grading solution.
The fit-out includes the upgrade of three packing lines at Sun Pacific’s Maricopa Cuties packing facility, along with the purchase of a new grader at the company’s Tulare facility, providing an overall total of 64 lanes of Spectrim technology.
“As our operations continue to grow, maintaining accurate, efficient technology has become essential,” said Sun Pacific Shippers president Al Bates.
The deal builds on a long-running relationship between the two companies. Sun Pacific installed an 84-lane Compac sorter at the Maricopa Cuties facility between 2003-2005, making it the largest Compac installation in the world.
“We have been very satisfied with the performance and service of the existing sorter, making it an easy decision to upgrade to Spectrim,” Bates added.
Sun Pacific owns 30,000 acres and six packing facilities in California, supplying Cuties mandarins, Mighties kiwifruit and Air Chief table grapes and tomatoes to both US retailers and international export customers.
Compac’s North American general manager, Ken Moynihan, said providing an evolving service package as the company develops new technology was key to Compac’s growth.
“We supply customers across the world with innovative, intuitive sorting and packing technology,” Moynihan explained.
“It’s important that we remain ahead of the pack and build strong long-term relationships with our customers and work with them to realize the benefits of the continuously improving technology.”