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Design and Experiment of Portable Electric Tapping Machine

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

Citation:  2018 ASABE Annual International Meeting  1800495.(doi:10.13031/aim.201800495)
Authors:   Chunlong Zhang, Xiyu Sheng, Shunlu Zhang, Fan Zhang, Wenqiang Zhang, Junxiong Zhang, Ting Yuan, Shuaihui Zhang, Liyun Yong, Wei Li
Keywords:   Natural rubber, Rubber tapping, Electric tapping machine, Bark consumption.

Abstract. The way of obtaining natural rubber is mainly manual tapping so far. But it is difficult to ensure the bark consumption and cutting depth when manually tapping the rubber, which may easily cause damage to the tree and reduce production. The rubber forest is a complex environment and it is difficult to achieve automatic tapping. More realistic way is manual tapping with a portable tapping machine. For this phenomenon, a portable electric tapping machine was designed in this paper. The method of image processing was used to verify the bark consumption of the electric tapping machine. The experimental results show that the difference between the bark consumption of each point of each cut and each group is less than 0.2 mm, and this electric tapping machine can effectively ensure bark consumption uniform.

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