Development of a lemon cutting machine

Hrishikesh Tavanandi, A. ; Deepak, S. ; Venkateshmurthy, K. ; Raghavarao, K. S. M. S. (2014) Development of a lemon cutting machine Journal of Food Science and Technology, 51 (12). pp. 3846-3853. ISSN 0022-1155

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Cutting of lemon and other similar fruits is conventionally done manually by sharp knife, which is labor intensive and often un-hygienic. In the present work, a device has been designed and developed for cutting of lemon hygienically into four pieces of similar shape based on stationery cutters and rotating centralizing/locating slit plate concept. Machine has a unique knife assembly consisting of two bird wing shaped knives, joined by welding perpendicularly to a vertical knife, so that the lemon can be cut into four pieces in a single sweep. Six numbers of rotating centralizing/locating slit plates are welded on to the side plates and the plates carry a groove on its inner face, to enable the wing shaped knife to complete the horizontal cut. The rotating slit plates, having centralizing angle of 90°, are rotated by an electric geared motor. The prototype machine has capacity of over 5,000 lemons/h with a power consumption of 0.11 kW.

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Keywords:Lemon Cutting Machine; Design Development; Prototype; Wing Shaped Knife; Centralizing Disc
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