Development of a White Pepper Decorticator machine to replace manual process and boost white pepper production

Publication Date : 07/02/2018


Author(s) :

R. Shamsudin, N.M. Adzahan, C.J. Vincent.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
,
Issue 1
(02 - 2018)



Abstract :

Pepper Peel-O-Matic is designed to hasten the process of producing white pepper. White peppercorns are obtained from fresh pepper berries that undergo a series of process. The most critical parts are soaking and rubbing, of which are done manually. The pepper Peel-O-Matic is a machine with 3 combined processes of rubbing, cleaning and sieving in order to reduce labor intervention. The usage of the pepper Peel-O-Matic able reduce the soaking period to 6 to a maximum of only 9 days, compared to the current soaking period of 14 to 20 days. Apart from that, it also caters to a much hygienic process as compared to the current practice of hand-rubbing or foot-shearing. This machine consists of a hopper for the feeding of pepper berries with a series of sprinkler to assist the rubbing process. The rubbing mechanism consists of two discs and a vibration sifter for the separation process. This invention can increase the production of white pepper by more than 50% compared to the traditional method and its output quality is found to be similar with the commercial method.


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