BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department
BS in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering
Andrew J. Holtz
This senior project discusses the design, construction, and evaluation of a portable RPC (Reusable Plastic Container) dumper. This RPC dumper is one piece of a citrus processing system to package citrus. Bee Sweet currently utilizes man power in order to dump its RPCs whereas this design will decrease the amount of man power needed to dump RPCs during high workloads.
The goal of this project was to design, construct, and test a custom fabricated RPC dumper that will decrease the number of people needed to dump RPCs and also the amount of damage on the oranges when being dumped from the RPC by hand.
The finished RPC dumper functions well, it dumps 4 RPCs per minute and is portable in that it can be moved by both pallet jack and fork lift. The RPC dumper also functions well in that it reduces the velocity change that the fruit sees by 80% and also decreases the impact duration by 38%.