Compac Sorting Equipment Inc. will build what it says is the world’s largest electronic cherry sorter.
Linden, Calif.-based Prima Frutta will be the home for the new sorter, which will feature three 12-lane sorters capable of sorting more than 42,000 cherries per hour, according to the monthly online newsletter published by New Zealand-based Compac.
The project is a collaboration between Compac and Wenatchee, Wash.-based Van Doren Sales Inc. Compac will supply the sorters and Van Doren the peripheral and infeed equipment.
“This is a huge vote of confidence in our new optical sorter,” Dave Buys, Compac’s sales and marketing director, said in the newsletter. “The market knows our InVision sorting system for apples and citrus, and we’ve been able to leverage that in the development of this new cherry sorter. When customers understand the returns our technology provides their business, they can easily justify the investment in Compac.”