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Dry Bin Filler for Apples

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 26(4): 541-549. (doi: 10.13031/2013.32057) @2010
Authors:   D. L. Peterson, A. L. Tabb, T. A. Baugher, K. Lewis, D. M. Glenn
Keywords:   Dry bin filler, Apples, Fruit, Quality, Fruit handling, Fruit bruising

A unique dry bin filler for apples using a sequenced tray was developed to reduce bruising in packing operations. Research and commercial trials in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington State demonstrated the ability to fill bins evenly and with low damage. Cultivars with different bruising susceptibility ('Pink Lady,' 'Golden Delicious,' 'McIntosh,' 'Mutsu,' 'Delicious,' and 'Fuji') were used to test the bin filler in research trials and commercial assessments. Fruit that were downgraded from U.S. Extra Fancy grade after handling by the bin filler were 1.7%, 1.4%, and 2.9% at each test location. The filler was shown to produce less than 5% bruising on fruit and to have the ability to operate in commercial locations.

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