Sparc Systems: Technology you can trust

Sparc Systems has delivered checkweighers, X-ray, label inspection, bespoke weighing systems and industry-leading products and service to the high-risk food industry for over 40 years. As a result, we’re uniquely placed to push the boundaries of innovation, delivering world-class systems and pinpoint accuracy to the bakery and protein sectors.

Our experienced engineers leverage cutting-edge technology from the pharmaceutical and packaging markets, to deliver systems that increase your business productivity, while minimising downtime.

Our Mission

Reduced downtime

Robust design, standard components, superior cleanliness

Future proofing

Never obsolete, upgrade to latest technology, implement latest COPs

Streamlined processes

Ease of use, all food safety technology in one box

Pinpoint precision

Contaminant detection, packaging compliance and weighing

Dynamic data

Real-time updates, increased productivity

Absolute compliance

Meeting retailer’s strict codes of practice

Steve Gidman and the Story of Sparc

 

The level of innovation at Sparc Systems is simply unparalleled. With over 4 decades of experience designing and supplying inspection systems for the food, pharmaceutical, textile and consumer goods industries, what really sets Sparc apart for me is that customer-focused thinking as the standard. Sparc’s evolving product portfolio connects needs from our customers with fully integrated, all-in-one systems custom designed to offer accuracy, ease of use and high performance. We’re looking forward to the next generation of Sparc Systems technology and how we can further assist our customers to strengthen their food safety programs while continuing to push limits in the industry.

A little history of Sparc

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1974

Company was founded under its original name of Packaging Control Systems in Malvern. Our original intention was to develop electronic systems and services for manufacturers and end-users in the food industry.

1976

We became incorporated as Packaging Control Systems Ltd. and began designing and building electronic control systems for four machinery manufacturers.

1984

After winning multiple accounts over the years, in 1984 we created a bespoke system based on our microprocessor racking system, which we had named SPARC. With Tetley warming to the term, we subsequently changed our company name to comply.

1987

Acquired 50% ownership of an automatic weighing machine manufacturer, Ward Bekker Systems Ltd. We ran the two operations at separate sites, with Ward Bekker delivering complete food packaging lines (using Sparc Systems control systems) to food processing companies throughout Europe.

1994

Built our own premises, Sparc House, a purpose-built, 18,000 square foot building at Merebrook.

1997

A key milestone as we introduced our first combination metal detection and checkweighing system.

2001

Patented the EFS sensor, a revolutionary system for measuring the mass of pharmaceutical tablets as they fall in to the bottle, at speeds of up to 3,000 per minute.

2005

Introduced the improved TS 310 combination metal detection and checkweighers system. In addition, we designed a high-speed tablet-counting system with a throughput of 10,000 tablets per minute.

2008

David Buckley joined the company as Managing Director.

2015

Introduced various X-ray inspection systems, including the Medusa 420 combination eight-lane X-ray inspection system, the Apollo 420 X-ray inspection system, and the Iris 420 Pipeline X-ray inspection system.

2016

Introduced the enhanced Titan 420 combination metal detection and checkweighing system, designed specifically for finished tin bread products, and the Xtreme 2 fibre optic control system for high speed tablet counters. Sparc Systems undertook a brand refresh.

2019

Metal detector manufacturer Fortress Technology Inc. acquires Sparc Systems Ltd., expanding product offering and support throughout Europe, North America and Brazil. Steve Gidman, President of Fortress Technology appoints Phil Brown to the role of Managing Director of Sparc Systems Ltd.

2020

Sparc’s product line is expanded and the roll out to world markets begins.

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