Pasadena, Calif.-based Sun Pacific has upgraded three packing lines in its Maricopa Cuties packing facility to Compac’s Spectrim platform.
In addition, the company has purchased a new grader for the Tulare, Calif., facility, bringing a total of 64 lanes of Spectrim technology to the firm’s operations, according to a news release.
“As our operations continue to grow, maintaining accurate, efficient technology has become essential,” Sun Pacific Shippers President Al Bates said in the release.
Noting that Sun Pacific has worked with Compac for 15 years, he said the Maricopa Cuties facility installed 84 lanes of 200-foot-long sorter between 2003-05, 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,” he said in the release.
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 U.S. and international customers, according to the release.
Bates said in the release that Spectrim improves grading accuracy and pack consistency.
Spectrim was judged New Zealand’s best technology solution for the agritech sector at the 2017 Hi-Tech Awards.