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|Title: ||Development of a hand operated Pomegranate aril remover|
|Authors: ||G, Senthil Kumaran|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Citation: ||Senthilkumaran G. 2009.Development of a hand operated Pomegranate aril remover. International Conference on Food Technology (INCOFTECH 2009) Thanjavur, 28 – 30 August,|
|Abstract: ||The arils of the pomegranate fruit are consumed as such and used in other food items as fresh ingredient to increase the taste of the food. The juice is also extracted from the arils. This nutritious fruit is cut into two halves and the arils are removed usually by bare hands. This is a cumbersome and time consuming process. A hand operated pomegranate aril remover has been designed and developed to easily remove arils in lesser time in a hygienic way in comparison to manual operation. The machine has a semi circular solid hitting head operated in reciprocate motion by a hand operated lever arm. It also has a perforated fruit holding platform and an aril collecting chute below the platform which are fixed to a main frame with a strong and stable base. All the parts touching the fruit and arils are made of food grade stainless steel 304 and other parts are made up of mild steel. The pomegranate fruit is cut in to two halves and one half is kept upside down on the fruit holding platform so as the fruit skin is faced towards the hitting head. The handle is operated and the hitting head is moved in reciprocate motion to hit the fruit. With in two or three hitting , the arils are removed from the fruit and a collected in container through the chute. The capacity of the machine is 60 kg per hour in comparison to 18-20 kg per hour in manual operation. The efficiency of the machine is estimated about 96 % and costing about Rs.1000 (US$ 22).|
|Appears in Collections:||Agricultural Engineering|
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