US (CA): Marco to build new Yield Control System for Windset in Santa Maria

Marco have been awarded a significant contract by Canadian vegetable producer Windset Farms for the supply of their Yield Control system (YCM) to improve productivity at Windset’s operation in Santa Maria, California.

The YCM system, which has a proven track record of improving packhouse productivity by up to 30%, will be used to help Windset ramp up throughput of their wide range of pre-packed tomatoes. The YCM concept is designed to simplify and deskill the manual packing process, whilst significantly increasing line speeds and reducing overpack/giveaway. For this installation, Windset will benefit from Marco’s ingenious ‘one light–one fruit’ operator display, which is now a standard feature within the latest version of YCM.

Each light segment on the visual light display represents a single fruit. This feature significantly increases the speed of the packing process and is ideal when the fresh produce being packed in a particular batch run has consistent proportions. The YCM terminals can be pre-programmed to store different types and weights of tomato, making pack line changes very simple and rapid. As pre-packed tomatoes travel down the packing line, they are placed on the scale and then operators are visually prompted to ‘add’ or ‘take out’ individual fruits to ensure pack weight compliance.

Marco’s AO (Automatic Optimization) software runs quietly in the background constantly checking and fine tuning target weights at each station to ensure giveaway is virtually eradicated. This clear visual method of indication target weight compliance also reduces operator training requirements.

Windset’s Chief Operating Officer John Newell has been very impressed with the Marco solution: “The results are very conclusive and there is clear justification for this investment in their YCM system. We are looking forward to benefiting from the subsequent improvements in productivity following completion of the installation.”

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