I. Ab. Aziz, M.N. Latifah, A. Samsudin, O. Azlan, A. Shafie
Fresh-cut fruits is a growing sector of the food industry in many parts of the world. Its success depends greatly on several factors, especially the quality and consumers’ confidence. Products are prepared in ready-to-eat form whilst retaining the organoleptic characteristics of fresh fruits in terms of aroma, flavour, taste, colour and texture. Appropriate method of preparation is obligatory in order to maintain their freshness. The preparation involves cleaning, washing, trimming, coring, slicing and other related steps of which many of these processes hasten the products to perish. Uniformity, time and labour consumption have always been raised by the cut fruit operators especially for the bulk handling. Imported machines for the processing of cut fruits are available in the markets. However, high cost and suitability of the machine to the local fruits hinder the active use of the machine especially by small scale fruit operators. Intensive research had been conducted in developing a suitable mechanized system for commercial handling of fresh cut pineapple comprising of stalk and crown cutter, skin peeler, flesh slicer and centrifugal drip dryer. The newly developed machines were successfully tested during the recent commercial handling trial of fresh-cut pineapple to Perth, Australia. Uniform cutting of the stalk and crown had contributed to the stability of the fruits upon being subjected to skin peeler machine. The skin peeler machine was integrated with blade cutter which cut the flesh into two portions. Uniform semicircle cutting shape and size will be produced upon subjecting the individual portion to the flesh slicer machine. A centrifugal drip dryer machine facilitates in removing the excess water after the cut pieces were subjected to pre-treatment solutions before undertaking the packing process.
Ab. Aziz, I., Latifah, M.N., Samsudin, A., Azlan, O. and Shafie, A. (2013). IMPROVEMENT OF HANDLING MACHINES FOR COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS OF FRESH-CUT PINEAPPLE. Acta Hortic. 1012, 1507-1509
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1012.204
mechanization, fresh-cut pineapple, stalk and crown cutter, skin peeling, slicing

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