A yield control system supplied by factory profitability experts MARCO is bringing important savings to Kenyan fresh vegetable specialists Vegpro at their pack house within the Nairobi International Airport complex.
Every night, dedicated cargo planes take off from Nairobi with their holds full of Vegpro’s fresh beans, spring onions, bok choy, okra and the growing selection of prepared vegetables and stir frys, that have been freshly harvested and packaged within 24 hours, bound for supermarket shelves across the UK, Europe and the US. (In the UK, Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys and Tesco are three of Vegpro’s prominent customers.)
MARCO’s system features their innovative automatic optimization (AO) software, which constantly monitors individual packer’s pack weight trends. Unbeknown to the packers, the software automatically adjusts the pack target weights on an ongoing basis, within preset tolerances to optimize pack weight. The system has a proven track record in pack houses around the world, reducing giveaway down to fractions of a gram per pack, whilst ensuring no underweight packs get through. For Vegpro, these savings, for instance, are equating to an average of one spring onion in a pack typically containing ten to twelve vegetables.
We operate a dynamic packing operation where time is of the essence to maintain all-round freshness. We have to balance speed with accuracy and pack appearance. The MARCO system allows us to maintain this delicate balance with the benefits of significantly reduced giveaway and improved productivity.
James Cartwright – Vegpro