Evaluation of Performance for Young Coconut Husk Processing Machine and Its Product Quality
Publication Date : 20/06/2019
Fresh coconut water industry in Malaysia has grown as its demand has increased tremendously at about 32.12 million young coconuts per month. Hence, production of husk from the coconut industry has also increased and contributed to the problem at disposal level. A young coconut husk processing machine to produce cocopeat and fiber has been developed to provide added value to the residue. An assessment of performance for the machine and its products quality has been done. The assessment of quality for cocopeat was done by using rotary screener that equipped with 16 mesh nets and multi-layer shaker. The evaluation results showed that the machine capacity of the young coconut husk extractor was up to 514.9 kg / hour with the average weight ratio of unfiltered cocopeat and fiber produced at 65.4% and 34.6% respectively. Meanwhile the results of cocopeat quality evaluation have found only 5.7% and 0.6% fiber contained in the cocopeat mixture after extraction and filtration respectively. Utilization of this technology by small entrepreneurs is necessary to develop a new dimension of waste management from the young coconut water industry and also create a competitive industry chain for building local socio-economic.
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