Economic requirements analysis for table grape check weighing

Smit, R. ; Treurnicht, N. F. ; Blanckenberg, M. M. (2011-09)

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Presented at the ISEM 2011 Proceedings, September 21-23, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Conference theme - Innovative Systems Thinking: Unravelling Complexity for Successful Solutions

Proceedings International

South Africa’s table grape industry exports most of its production to the developed world where customer satisfaction is very important and strictly regulated. Severe penalties are levied for underweight packaged products and contracts could even be lost. This study aims to determine the feasibility of automated check weighing of final product prior to shipping. The frequency of occurrence of underweight packages is investigated by means of structured interviews conducted within the industry. The probable financial impact of underweight packing is estimated and the paper concludes with a presentation of the capital amount producers can spend to eliminate underweight packaging profitably.

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