FairPick Lite

Flexible Harvest Scale System for Hand-Picked Produce

Looking for a way to automate data entry, improve payroll accuracy, cut labor costs, and receive a quick ROI? Try 2nd Sight’s FairPick Lite, an electronic harvest scale package that offers growers increased labor data capture flexibility in addition to the same benefits as our FairPick Pro mobile scale unit.

Forget the hassle of punch cards! FairPick Lite without the frame is perfect for growing operations where pickers stay in the same area or come to a central location to receive credit for produce picked. Read more, or contact us to learn why FairPick Lite is a better weigh to harvest!

Pickers always on the move? Purchase the rugged, mobile cart with your Lite system.

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Our Scales Follow the Rules

Have peace of mind that both the scale and the FairPick software are NTEP-certified. Compliance is a priority in today's farming environment. Use an accurate, legal-for-trade scale system that keeps you out of trouble!

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About

Included in the FairPick Lite Package

  • Ruggedized Handheld Computer (RHC)
  • Easy-to-use FairPick Lite App
  • Robust, legal-for-trade, NTEP-certified scale
  • FlexHub with integrated thermal receipt printer and RFID reader

How it works

Manage tasks, containers, employees, piece rates, and other settings on your online Customer Portal. Use the Registration Station to assign employee badges (RFID cards). Before harvest begins, sync the RHC and select the appropraite container tare weights, variety, and location information on the FairPick Lite app.

The FairPick Lite is a mobile time clock. Clock employees in and out to keep good records for minimum wage, non-productive, and paid break calculations. During harvest, the picker places a container on the weighing station scale platform. FairPick instructs the picker to scan his or her pre-assigned badge. In seconds, FairPick records precise weight, GPS location, time, variety, location, and optional container barcode. As a result, growers have full traceability and pay only for the exact weight of produce picked, not an estimate. The picker can print optional receipts after each weigh, and upon clocking out, receives a print-out with total weight picked for that day.package

The Weighing Process - Step by Step

  1. Select crop and harvest information from custom lists on the app
  2. Place filled container on the scale
  3. Scan the employee's badge
  4. Choose the appropriate container
  5. Scan the container RFID tag or barcode (optional)
  6. Remove the container
  7. Print a picker receipt (optional)


It takes only seconds! 

Traceability

FairPick Lite also meets increased industry and consumer demands for Traceability with the barcode container tracking feature.

Who: Scan employee RFID badges to identify each picker out in the field.
What: Scan container barcodes attached to bins and other harvesting containers to track what is picked.
Where: Built-in GPS links location with each logged event.

Benefits

General

  • Pay only for produce picked--no more overpayments!
  • Simplify accounting and payroll—faster, more accurate, and less expensive!
  • Import harvest data into your existing payroll software
  • Record employee hours for job costing, minimum wage, non-productive time, and break calculations
  • Keep searchable, detailed, and organized digital records
  • Improve crop traceability using the container tracking feature
  • Customize the app to record the information that you need
  • Easily switch between containers wtih different tare weights
  • Get GPS harvest data and yield data per field location
  • Increase fruit and vegetable picker throughput
  • Focus checkers' time on crop quality rather than quantity
  • Transfer data quickly with wireless connectivity
  • Store files in multiple locations to prevent data loss
  • Implement a fairer harvest system to reduce staff turnover
  • Integrate data with FairPick Pro and other 2nd Sight products

Improved Safety

  • Reduced bag weights minimize strain on workers
  • Pickers can empty buckets before resetting ladders and climbing with partially full containers

Legal Compliance

  • Features an NTEP-certified, legal-for-trade, ruggedized Mettler-Toledo scale
  • Reports calculate piece rate pay, flagging employees who do not meet minimum wage
  • Tracks and records rest breaks, lunch breaks, non-productive time, and active hours worked
  • Uses Cloud data storage for long-term recordkeeping

For Pickers

  • Receive a fair wage for a fair day's work
  • Can empty lugs and totes before resetting ladders and before lunch and rest breaks
  • Use sturdy RFID cards instead of flimsy punch cards or unreadable barcodes
  • Register produce picked with a quick wave of the employee badge over the reader
  • Receive end of day receipts for their records

For Crew Bosses/Foremen

  • Do not need to monitor the fruit and vegetable containers to make sure that they are full
  • Can focus on produce quality and ensure that pickers are properly handling the produce
  • Avoid conflicts with pickers since the precision digital weighing scale eliminates any guess-work

For Bookkeeping/Accounting Staff

  • Eliminate the hassle of organizing, reading, and entering information from punch cards at the end of each day
  • Download Daily and Pay Period reports in CSV format from the Portal to import into existing accounting and payroll software
  • Search digital records at a later date to easily resolve pay disputes

For Owner/Operators

  • Pay pickers for precise amount of produce picked.
  • Create trust and transparency between pickers, crew bosses, and owners for a positive work environment to reduce staff turnover.
  • Use with current payroll software.
  • Meet labor standards with electronic time clock records.
  • View the Daily Report to get Total Wages, Total Weight, Total Hours, Average Pay Rate, and Average Wage calculations each day.
  • Easily generate reports to compare crop yield and other harvest data from year to year.
  • Create GPS yield maps using time and location data.
  • Reduce harvest operating costs, improve crop quality, and increase the bottom line--for many growers, a one-year ROI!

Traceability

Consumers want to know more about what they eat. The ability to track produce from the field to final consumer will become an industry standard. Many processors and packing houses continue to adopt systems that aid in produce traceability. However, for this tracing to be complete, growers must also implement systems to fully track their produce back to the date harvested, field, and picker. The ability to quickly generate accurate records of the who, what, and where, paired with the information to identify other potentially affected harvested produce, are important aspects of fruit and vegetable traceability.

In recent years, food born illness outbreaks have been linked to spinach, bagged salad, onions, peaches, romaine, and sprouts. When contaminated produce is detected by consumers and retailers, there is great value for the industry to be able to tell the full story of the affected product. Traceability systems can help maintain growers’ and processors’ reputations (curtailing negative consumer opinions about a particular crop), decrease the amount of produce inventory that will be discarded (minimizing waste and financial loss), and help with preventative measures that can be taken in the future. Produce tracking also helps keep consumers safe, reducing the number and gravity of food borne illness cases. When food tracking is poor, limited, or takes too long to "trace back" the product through the supply chain, the specialty crop industry as a whole suffers.

2nd Sight hardware and software packages focus on collecting farm labor data in the field. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, field data is a critical piece of the traceability puzzle. While tracking labor data, our systems are also logging the first human contact with the fruits or vegetables. To stop contamination at the source, you must be able to identify the source. 

  • Date/time stamp: Every clock in, clock out, and log event is automatically tagged with a date and time so you know when employees performed specific jobs
  • GPS: The handhelds register GPS coordinates, when available, every time the software logs an event to help pinpoint a field location
  • Location: Growers can tag additional location information to specific jobs such as field name, block number, and row number
  • Crew: Crew lists can aid in identifying groups of employees who may have been linked to a specific food safety concern
  • Employee: Employees utilize RFID badges or barcodes programmed with their names to scan in and out of jobs and log pieces and produce harvested
  • Container Tracking: Many apps feature container tracking modes that prompt employees to scan RFID tags or barcodes adhered to buckets, totes, or bins out in the field to link produce to pickers more precisely
  • Digital Records: Quickly search and filter digital logs and reports by date, location, employee, crop variety, and container tracking ID to identify who, what, and where when produce safety issues arise
  • Accessible Information: Data is secure and backed up on the Cloud and can be accessed through any computer connected to the Internet
Digitalizing farm data enables a grower to collect important information accurately and efficiently, whether that be for running payroll or for pinpointing a food safety issue. Knowing that John Smith was sick and only picked on June 2nd in Blocks 2 and 3 means that only Honeycrisps from these blocks on that day should be rpulled from processing is attainable insight for both small and large farming operations with our current technology.

Case Studies
Many blueberry and cherry growers in British Columbia, Canada received funding through the BC Traceability Grant program to help subsidize the cost of implementing 2nd Sight software and hardware because our systems improve produce traceability. 

Contact us to learn more about how simple it is to get started at your farm. Start benefitting from improved labor tracking and produce tracking whether you pay by hours, by piece, or by weight.

Example Data Set

Data Log Produce Tracking Traceability

Do you grow produce in British Columbia, Canada?

If you are a fruit grower in BC, Canada, you may be eligible to receive fundintg through the BC Traceability Funding Program. The application opens January 4, 2021 and closes April 1, 2021. Click here to learn more about this government program and how you could be reimbursed for a large portion of the costs to implement the FairPick at your farm!
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Applications

Fruit & Vegetable Weighing Compatibility

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Cacao
  • Cotton
  • Figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Grape Leaves
  • Huckleberries
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Litchi
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Olives
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Saffron
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines
  • Tea Leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Container Weighing Compatibility

  • Bags
  • Baskets
  • Boxes
  • Buckets
  • Clamshells
  • Crates
  • Flats
  • Lugs
  • Pails
  • Totes
  • Trays

Features

Ruggedized Handheld Computer (RHC)

Ruggedized, portable computer that runs the FairTrak QP App.
Features
  • Water and drop-resistant design
  • Robust, sunlight-readable LCD touch screen
  • Integrated RFID and barcode scanner
  • Cellular SIM card option for real-time data collection
  • Charging dock (purchased separately)

FairPick Lite App

Android-based app used to collect time clock and weigh data.
Features
  • High-contrast buttons and icons
  • Customizable tasks, lists, and container information
  • Automatic software updates from the Google Play Store
  • Audio/visual indicators to assist pickers
  • Multiple configurations to adapt to a variety of picking processes

Fruit & Vegetable Scale

Robust, legal-for-trade scale that connects and sends weight information to FairPick Lite App.
Features
  • 16.5” x 20.5” NTEP-certified scale
  • 150 lb (68 kg) weighing capacity
  • ± 0.01 lb (0.005 kg) accuracy
  • Water-resistant

Employee Badge Registration Station

Office-based computer station used to program employee badges and RFID tags
Features
  • Use your own Windows-based personal computer
  • Plug the RFID Reader/Writer into any standard USB port
  • Registration Station app download

FlexHub

Portable box that houses the receipt printer, external RFID reader, and battery that integrates with the RHC and scale.
Features
  • Thermal receipt printer for picker receipts
  • External RFID reader for quick badge scanning
  • Sleek and sturdy design
  • Integrates wtih other 2nd Sight products

Customer Portal

User-friendly website where growers manage employees, containers, piece rates, uploaded data, reports, and other harvest settings
Features
  • Import employee lists to save time
  • Create Employee Profiles to track minimum wage and break information
  • Add multiple container tare weights or set to use individual tare weights
  • Turn container RFID tag tracking on and off
  • Set and change piece rates per container
  • Enter a minimum scan time between weighs to prevent "double-scanning"
  • Add additional Portal users with different admin roles
  • Easily filter data
  • Set the Pay Period to weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly beginning on any day of the week
  • View standard and custom reports and download them in CSV format
  • Edit, add, and delete data while maintaining a clear audit trail

Pictures & Video

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FAQS

Do I need Wi-Fi or cellular service to use the FairPick system?

The FairPick can run all day without being connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. The FairPick only requires a Wi-Fi internet connection to upload harvest data to the secure server at the end of the day. You can even use a personal cellular mobile hotspot to send data up to the Portal.

What happens when the battery dies during harvest?

The battery in the FlexHub, fully-charged, lasts an entire day of harvest. We also offer a backup battery, an external, portable battery that will power the FlexHub for a full day's harvest if the unit was not proeprly charged the day/night before. Ask us about purchasing the backup battery for your FairPick Lite so you'll always be ready to harvest!

Is there a subscription fee for the software?

There is a small annual license fee per scale that includes data storage and software upgrades. Included in the license is unlimited access to your uploaded weigh data on your company's Customer Portal account with standard Daily and Pay Period Reports. Ask us about the Custom Reports we offer and what we can build for you. We can save you time and the headache of doing payroll and managing data.

How many weighing stations do I need?

Each FairPick Lite system accommodates approximately 10-50 pickers depending on your harvesting process. It only takes a few seconds for a picker to weigh a container of produce. It's fast. We recommend one FairPick Lite package per crew to eliminate Picker travel time to the unit.

Is the data compatible with my payroll software?

Download harvest data from your Customer Portal account in CSV (comma seperated values) format. Import .csv files into Microsoft Excel and most accounting/payroll software packages. For seamless payroll integration, ask us about the cusom reports we offer.

How much does the system cost?

We would be happy to send you a quote! Please email info@2ndsightbio.com to request a quote for a FairPick Lite system.

Have more questions? We have more answers!

Check out our Help Forum. This online resource answers questions you may have as a propsective customer and as a user of one or more 2nd Sight Ag labor data collection systems.