Performance Evaluation of Vertijack (Jackfruit Opener) for Commercial-scale Fresh-cut Fruit Industry
Publication Date : 20/06/2019
The market of fresh-cut jackfruit is increasingly popular, due to current lifestyle that prefer quality fresh fruit and ready to eat. The preparation of fresh-cut jackfruit is a time consuming, labour intensive and complicated due to the inherent nature of the fruit. Skilled operators are needed to avoid bulb damaged and tissue injury that subsequently leads to quality deterioration. For commercial or export markets the edible bulb needs to be presented in good shape. To overcome the problems mention above, Vertijack was developed to cater commercial scale processing of jackfruit. The machine functions is to aid the opening of the fruit whilst minimizing injury to the edible bulb by removing the core and then splitting open the fruit. The average damaged bulbs due to mechanical injuries during splitting of fruit manually compared to the machine is reduced by half i.e. 34% and 16% respectively. Furthermore, the processing time needed for Vertijack is about 73s per fruit, which is 3 times faster than manual operation. The core removing efficiency is only 49 to 70% depends on the fruit size and their core shape.
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