Industrial software provider AVEVA has announced a new partnership with TOMRA to embed supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology in sensor-based sorting and packhouse solutions for the fresh produce industry.
This agreement unlocks greater operator performance, visibility and efficiency with TOMRA and Compac equipment.
Today’s global marketplace puts tremendous pressure on those operating within the end-to-end food value chain to deliver greater performance, efficiency and safety. Technology investments in automation, control, and data-driven decision support can help overcome these challenges.
Head of TOMRA Food Grading Mike Riley said: “An AVEVA and TOMRA partnership combines the most advanced automation technology and best practices to deliver a step change in next-generation packhouse operations. AVEVA brings vast experience of industrial automation across multiple verticals.
“Compac, now part of TOMRA, has decades of global packhouse operational experience which is now being applied to the AVEVA platform.”
Vice-president of operations at US-based citrus packer Fowler Packing Sam Parnagian commented, “Continued success for our company will be influenced by the effective use of the latest technology to improve automation, control, and decision-making. It’s a key focus area for us and we’ve seen significant performance and efficiency improvements from recent automation projects. We welcome the partnership between AVEVA and Compac to advance automation in the packhouse.”
The first Compac product resulting from this partnership is Smartline™, which is built on Wonderware by AVEVA. Smartline features an operational dashboard for visualisation of line performance and an intuitive user interface designed to facilitate line control for packhouses of all sizes.
Kaiaponi Farms in New Zealand is a leading grower and post-harvest service provider. General manager Scott Wilson said: “We pride ourselves on using the latest technology to improve operational performance, so we jumped at the chance to work with Compac on this new enhancement.
“Our line operators were wary of the new system at first, but found it was intuitive and easy to learn. Smartline’s clear visual information and responsive controls help keep the line running at capacity, so we can focus on getting the best results for our growers, our customers, and our business.”
Senior vice-president at AVEVA Rashesh Mody said: “AVEVA’s world-class industrial solution portfolio has the technology, scale and performance to meet the growing digital requirements of today’s food and beverage industry.
“Partnering with TOMRA provides a future-proof solution to take advantage of the Industrial IoT to collect all the data necessary to improve performance and efficiency.”
AVEVA is a global engineering and industrial software developer that drives digital transformation across the entire asset and operational lifecycle of capital-intensive industries. The company’s engineering, planning and operations, asset performance, and monitoring and control solutions deliver proven results to more than 16,000 customers worldwide. Its customers are supported by one of the largest industrial software ecosystems, including 4,200 partners and 5,700 certified developers.
AVEVA is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with more than 4,400 employees at 80 locations in over 40 countries.
About Compac and TOMRA
Compac provides integrated post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry using one of the world’s most advanced grading technologies. Combining industry-leading solutions with award-winning grading platforms such as Spectrim, TOMRA’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, usable technologies.
To achieve this, Compac operates centers of excellence, regional offices and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.
For further information about Compac, please see www.compacsort.com.