When using Spectrim, first the apples are sorted according to surface blemishes. Then they are graded on minor and major defects, including skin blemishes, insect damage, misshapen fruit, bruising, and abrasions. Sorting parameters can be configured to grade for differing levels of defects, so that there’s full control when matching product grades to different markets.
The UltraView inspection module integrates with Spectrim to take its ‘seeing’ power to the next level. With a dedicated set of high-resolution multi-spectral (color and infrared) cameras and LED lights located ideally close to the fruit and parallel to its direction of travel, this is the world’s most powerful fresh produce grading platform. UltraView can identify defects which are otherwise difficult or impossible to detect in the fruit’s stem bowl and tip region.
Inspectra² is a non-invasive solution for internal defect grading. This platform’s near-infrared spectrometer can detect brix, core rot, internal browning, water core, firmness, hue, and bleeding. These detection capabilities keep bad apples out of a good box and reduce fruit giveaway.
Utilizing all these capabilities, packhouses can eliminate some of their toughest daily operational challenges, optimize efficiency, and provide customers with precisely the product quality they’ve asked for. And by having the ability to keep good out of bad, packhouses can do even more than this: in a world where the market value of many brands depends mostly on intangible assets including brand equity, they also protect their customers’ brand reputations.