Croptracker scans 4800 harvested apples or pears within 30 seconds

28-04 | |
Apples arriving by truck to the Two-a-Day group facilities; ready to be scanned by Croptracker's Overhead Scanning system. - Photo: CropTracker
Apples arriving by truck to the Two-a-Day group facilities; ready to be scanned by Croptracker's Overhead Scanning system. - Photo: CropTracker

Croptracker announces the release of their Overhead Bin Scanning system for Harvest Quality Vision (HQV). This system is capable of scanning over 4800 apples or pears within 30 seconds with a 98% accuracy and allows packers to know what is coming into the pack shed before the fruit comes off the truck.

While fruit is in the queue, plans can be made to get it on the packing line, rather than trying to figure out what is coming down the line at high speeds, says Croptracker. According to the company, large growers can also use this system to know what exactly has left the farm.

No human input

The overhead scanning system incorporates automatic detection of trucks entering the scanning corridor without any human input. According to Croptracker it’s also flexible enough to be built upon one worker activating the start and stop of a scan at a lower price point.

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The system was designed, developed and built by Croptracker in partnership with the Two-a-Day Group in the Elgin district, Western Cape, South Africa. Chris Petzer from the Two-a-Day Group says, “Croptracker’s Harvest Quality Vision has given Two-a-Day a whole new dynamic in doing business, adding product predictability and insight into making critical business decisions proactively, instead of a reactive response. We like to call it our ‘virtual pre-sorter’.”

Croptracker believes this scanning platform can be used to improve efficiency, increase productivity and knowledge for packing houses that receive large quantities of fruit in short periods of time.

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