Design, fabrication, and testing of a low-cost apple harvest-assist device

Zhao Zhang, Paul Heinemann, Jude Liu, James Schupp, Tara Baugher

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Abstract

The apple industry is currently facing difficulties because apple production costs have been increasing continuously. Three factors contribute to this situation: close dependence on a large seasonal workforce, increasing labor cost, and decreasing availability of agricultural employees. To help the apple industry survive and thrive, a new apple harvest-assist unit has been designed and fabricated. Cost of the unit is a factor that is being considered during the design/fabrication of the new apple harvest-assist unit, as the final goal for this research is to commercialize the device. Lab and field tests were conducted on the unit during fall and winter of 2013. Field tests demonstrated that this low-cost apple harvest-assist device worked very well in the field. Major components causing apple bruising for this device were identified as distributor and collection bin. Tests also showed that the apple mass did not affect bruising area. Obtained results provided some critical information required for optimization of this apple harvest-assist unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages40-50
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781632668455
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 13 2014Jul 16 2014

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
Volume1

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/13/147/16/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Zhang, Z., Heinemann, P., Liu, J., Schupp, J., & Baugher, T. (2014). Design, fabrication, and testing of a low-cost apple harvest-assist device. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014 (pp. 40-50). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2014, ASABE 2014; Vol. 1). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.