DECEMBER 4-6, 2018
Devos Place Conference Center and
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Stop by and see us in Booth #932
COME VISIT US IN BOOTH #718
Yakima Sun Dome & Convention Center
The 7th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo has become an integral event for the North Coast wine industry bringing Sonoma, Napa, Lake & Mendocino Counties together for an all-inclusive Trade Show & Conference. WIN Expo continues to draw the highest caliber exhibitors and over 3300 attendees making it the second largest wine industry trade show in North America. Come visit us in booth #320 in Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, 8:30am – 4:00pm (Trade Show Floor Opens at 9:00am), on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Please use our promo code WECO320 to gain free trade show access (a $35 value). http://www.wineindustryexpo.com/registration
The Fall 2018 Meeting and Trade Show will be held at a NEW location, conveniently located off I-75 in Ocala, FL.
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center
3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474
Come visit us in Booth# S-3 located in the Sunset Room off of the lobby.
Fruit Attraction 2018 will celebrate its 10th anniversary in style. More than 1,600 exhibiting companies and 70,000 professionals from 120 countries will gather in Madrid, Spain, from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 October, at a key time for planning fruit and vegetable sales campaigns.
Visit us in Booth# 8E13A for all of your optical sorting needs
For all other Fruit Attraction questions please visit http://fruitattraction.com/en/home/
September 13, 2016
WOODLAND, Calif. – WECO Sorting and Automation Solutions has donated a state-of-the-art optical wine grape sorter worth $71,500 to the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis.
After stems are removed from grapes, the sorter removes all material other than grapes (MOG). It uses advanced cameras, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and software technology to identify remaining stems, insects, unripe, damaged fruit and raisins. Unwanted items are removed with precise blasts of air, increasing quality and throughput while reducing labor costs.
“We are so pleased to be in a position to donate our WineGrapeTek Optical MOG Sorter,” said Eric Horner, vice president of WECO (Woodside Electronics Corp.) “We think the opportunity for students to be exposed to this technology during their education will provide a great understanding of the benefits.”
Students working with latest technology
When asked how having a WECO Optical Wine Grape Sorter was beneficial to his students, Charles ‘Chik’ Brenneman, Winemaker at UC Davis’s Department of Viticulture and Enology said, “The students benefit by being exposed to technologies that are being introduced in the wine industry. They gain practical experience in how to set up all the process equipment that surrounds the sorting unit and understand the mechanics of the process flow. From a fruit quality standpoint, they learn the impact of removing bad fruit from the process stream as we ferment sorted, non-sorted and rejected fruit. Because we are a teaching facility, the students actually get to taste the wines made from the rejected fruit.”
WECO started doing trials of the optical sorter in the wine industry in 2010 and has made a number of changes to the design and function. In 2014, the company introduced a new camera system that improved performance dramatically.
“We design our machines from the ground up, including the circuit boards and our own custom software, and all machines are built in Woodland, Calif.,” said Don Douglas, president of WECO. “We have been able to leverage our extensive experience in other industries to provide a machine to the wine industry that is compact, easy to use and easy to clean. We are excited about the opportunity to serve the wine industry.”
Sorting experiments benefit the wine industry
Winemaker Chik believes that how sorting experiments benefit the wine industry is the million
dollar question. “Many wineries make excellent wines with fruit that is not sorted. As a result there are believers and non-believers in sorting. But one thing is for sure, that for the believers in sorting, an automated sorting machine can work faster and more efficiently than a group on the sorting table. We are currently using the WECO sorter to experimentally quantify the differences between sorted and non-sorted fruit.”
WECO’s Wine Grape Sorter uses the latest ChromaxHD optical sorting technology and advanced algorithms to efficiently remove under- and over-ripe fruit and foreign material (MOG). This offers vastly improved quality with increased throughput at a fraction of the price of alternative methods. Our system is also designed to be easy to understand and operate, employing intuitive controls and a touch-screen interface refined over the last thirty years. Automation through the WECO’s Wine Grape Sorter can provide tremendous gains in productivity and labor efficiency.
Lab space vs classroom work vs wine making facility
The campus at UC Davis offers three state of the art academic buildings, a LEED Platinum Teaching and Research Winery, a thirteen acre teaching vineyard and several off campus attributes such as an Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Napa and several other vineyards for student use.
When asked what his students are doing on a daily basis Chik commented, “We are a teaching and research facility. Our students engage in classroom studies and are then able to work in the winery performing all tasks related to grape processing and wine. With respect to research, we employ precision winemaking techniques in order to control for variables. We are currently doing research projects on grapevine disease effects on finished wines, grape sorting (WECO), vineyard canopy light penetration and its effect on wine, and a multi-vineyard site with Pinot noir grapes.”
Based in California, WECO has been designing, manufacturing and servicing electronic sorters for over 30 years and has thousands of units deployed worldwide. The company serves several industries including tomato, walnut, blueberry, cranberry and wine grape. Learn more at https://wecotek.com.
Learn more about UC Davis wine-related research, education and industry partnerships at http://wineserver.ucdavis.edu
Eric Horner, WECO Sorting and Automation Solutions, 425-802-3313, email@example.com
IQ 2015: Innovation+Quality Awards Wine Business Monthly’s editorial mission is to help wineries and growers evaluate and successfully deploy innovative, new products. Each month, WBM publishes Bill Pregler’s “What’s Cool” column, where Pregler focuses on an innovative new product; and each year we publish the top Cool Products from the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium as selected by senior technical editor Curtis Phillips. In addition, we write articles throughout the year about new product categories that are advancing quality in the wine industry. From these, the winners of the first annual Innovation Award were chosen and include both Product Categories as well as individual products that we believe are the best of the best. Winning products have been hand-selected by the IQ Advisory Board and the WBM editorial team solely on criteria of innovation relevant to ultra-premium wineries.
Cool Product Categories: There are a number of product categories in the wine industry that are seeing innovation. Optical Sorters are a new technology for the wine industry, although they have been used in other industries for years. These machines are gaining interest among winemakers interested in clean and uniform fruit as well as in potential labor cost savings. More than 50 optical sorters are now in use within the U.S. wine industry. WECO Sorting and Automation’s WineGrapeTek is an automated optical grape sorter. It is LED-lit (flat panel display with LED backlighting). “I think that is going to be the industry standard if it isn’t already,” says WBM What’s Cool columnist Bill Pregler. Pregler likes the small footprint and the easy-to-service modular design of the optics. “This sorter also looks reasonably easy to clean. The optics use a no-background, controlled depth-of-field focus, which doesn’t need a calibrated background grid.”
Check out Washington State University’s news about WECO donating an optical wine grape sorter to their Wine Science Center. This will give their students an opportunity to run experiments comparing sorting methods. The WSU viticulture and enology program director, Thomas Henick-Kling states, “WECO is not only investing in student learning, but also providing technology that will enable WSU researchers to explore the efficiency and variations in resulting wines that different sorting technologies offer.” The article also talks about WECO’s new, cutting edge technology. “WECO started doing trials of the optical sorter in the wine industry in 2010 and has made a number of changes to the design and function. Last year, the company introduced a new camera system that improved performance dramatically. “We design our machines from the ground up, including the circuit boards and our own custom software, and all machines are built in Woodland, Calif.,” said Don Douglas, president of WECO. “We have been able to leverage our extensive experience in other industries to provide a machine to the wine industry that is compact, easy to use and easy to clean. We are excited about the opportunity to serve the wine industry.” See the link below for the complete article.
May 2013, Chico, CA
Hosted by Innovate North State, the inaugural American Manufacturing Repatriation Summit displayed manufacturing excellence from Pleasanton to the Oregon border, encompassing most of Northern California’s non-metropolitan region. Innovate North State Managing Director Jon Gregory was pleased at the caliber of manufacturers who were honored at the Summit, stating “the 100 manufacturers that make up the inaugural Nor-Cal 100 represent an amazing, in many cases unknown, group of business who are innovating throughout Northern California, selling products all over the world, and bringing dollars back home to the region.
Innovate North State is a public/private organization focused on creating jobs in Northern California. They organized their first ever manufacturing summit and brought together a number of speakers with the focus on manufacturing in the United States. The keynote speaker was Richard Davis, CEO of US Bank, and he spoke about the importance of manufacturers leading the US out of this recession. John Gregory, managing director of Innovative North State said he is pleased with the caliber of manufacturers to be honored at the Summit. Gregory commented, “The 100 manufacturers that make up the inaugural Nor-Cal 100 represent an amazing, in many cases, unknown group of businesses who are innovating throughout Northern California, selling products all over the world, and bringing dollars back home to the region.” At the end of the program WECO was recognized as a top 100 most innovative manufacturer in Northern California. They started with a list of 1100 companies from Dun & Bradstreet and then researched each company to come up with their top one hundred.
December 2013, Woodland, CA
WECO has earned top honors for Manufacturing Innovator of the Year at the coveted 29th annual Regional Innovation Awards. The Innovation awards are a testament of the commitment to business success occurring in the ‘530’ region. The lively evening was host to an audience that came to see the winners selected from among 100 finalists in 25 categories.
Hosted and organized originally by CEPCO and since 2012 by Innovate North State, the 29th annual Innovation Awards are an annual event since 1984 and have expanded to include the entire 530 area code, encompassing most of California North of Sacramento. Prior award winners include market leading companies such as Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Build.com. Companies and professionals are honored because of their tremendous achievements conducive to innovation and their game changing impact, not only locally, but statewide, nationally and globally.
WECO (Woodside Electronics Corporation), based in California, has been designing, manufacturing, and servicing electronic sorters for over thirty years and has thousands of units deployed worldwide. WECO serves several industries: tomato sorting on the harvester; the walnut and pecan industry; and several small fruits including, blueberries, cranberries and wine grapes.