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Development of an automatic cutting system for harvesting oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB)


Shokripour, Hamed and Wan Ismail, Wan Ishak and Shokripour, Ramin and Moezkarimi, Zahra (2012) Development of an automatic cutting system for harvesting oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB). African Journal of Agricultural Research, 7 (17). art. no. E73F15535402. pp. 2683-2688. ISSN 1991-637X


The purpose of this project was to design, fabricate and test a harvesting mechanism for oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB). A carrier machine was designed and fabricated which can move around the tree trunk smoothly while carrying the cutting system. A mechanize motor system also was designed and assembled on the carrier machine for moving the cutting machine forward and backward along the tree trunk radius. For a successful and smooth cutting process, two direct current (DC) motors were used for carrier machine. Cutting machine consists of a mechanism for cutting and a cutting blade. A reciprocating mechanism was used in this project because of the added advantages of this method as compared to others. Design of the blade tooth for doing a fast and clean cut was an important parameter in this project. An HM-TR Transparent Wireless Data Link Module and an ATmega8 microcontroller were used to control the cutting system. This system was tested successfully in both laboratory and field condition.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Publisher: Academic Journals
Keywords: Cutter blade; Fruit harvesting; Oil palm; Reciprocating cutting; Remote controller
Depositing User: Muizzudin Kaspol
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2014 05:49
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2017 02:15
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/23474
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