Testing equipment for the improvement of mechanical devices to minimize damage to fruit in commercial packing lines.

Ortiz-Cañavate Puig-Mauri, Jaime and Garcia Ramos, J. and Ruiz-Altisent, Margarita (1999). Testing equipment for the improvement of mechanical devices to minimize damage to fruit in commercial packing lines.. In: "27 International Symposium of Agricultural Engineering", 02-05, february-1999, Opatija (Croacia).

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Title: Testing equipment for the improvement of mechanical devices to minimize damage to fruit in commercial packing lines.
Author/s:
  • Ortiz-Cañavate Puig-Mauri, Jaime
  • Garcia Ramos, J.
  • Ruiz-Altisent, Margarita
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 27 International Symposium of Agricultural Engineering
Event Dates: 02-05, february-1999
Event Location: Opatija (Croacia)
Title of Book: International Symposium of Agricultural Engineering
Date: February 1999
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Ingeniería Rural [hasta 2014]
UPM's Research Group: LPF-TAGRALIA
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Damages -reduced in fruit packing lines is a major cause of grace reduction and quality loos in fresh marks: fruit. Fruit must be treated gently during in sir handling to improve their qualityin order to get a good price in a competitive market. The correct post-hardvest handling in fruit packing lines is a prerequisite to cut down the heavy post-harvest losses. Fruit packing lines must be evaluated, studying their design, the impacts applied to the fruits, the characteristics of the materials, etc. This study establishes the possibility of carrying out modifications and tests in a packing line during a long period of time. For this purpose, an experimental fruit packing line has been designed and located in the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Polythecnic University of Madrid with the aim of improving mechanical devices and fruit handling conditions to minimize damage to fruit. The experimental line consists of several transporting belts, one rollers transporter, one sizer, one elevator, one singularizer, and three trays to receive the calibrated fruit. The line has a length of 6.15 m and a width cf 1.9 m. Movement of the different components is regulated by electric motors with variable velocity electronically controlled. The height of the transfer points is variable and can be easily modified. The experimental line has been calibrated using two instrumented spheres IS 100 (8.8 cm Ø and6.2cm Ø). Average acceleration values obtained in all the transfers of the experimental line lay under 80 g's, although there is big variation for some of them being some values above 100 g's.

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Item ID: 23433
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/23433/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:23433
Deposited by: Servicio Biblioteca Universitaria
Deposited on: 08 Apr 2014 11:32
Last Modified: 25 May 2015 14:31
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