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Conveyor Design for Apple Orientation
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 036123, 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14205) @2003
Authors: J. A. Throop, D. J. Aneshansley, W. C. Anger, D. L. Peterson
Keywords: Apples, Apple Grading, Automated Inspection, Apple Sorting, Apple X-ray, X-ray Sorting, Conveying, Apple Conveyor, Apple Orientation, Orienting
Two conveyor designs, one for capturing x-ray images for internal defects and a second for
capturing images of surface defects on apples, that placed the stem/calyx in a known position are
presented. The same basic principle of a small wheel protruding 1.2mm up through the center of a
small ring contacted the apple surface rotating the apple until the concave stem or calyx moved over
the wheel causing the wheel to lose contact.