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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Optimizing Cleaning Efficiency At A Fresh Market Tomato Packing Line [otimização Da Eficiência De Limpeza Em Equipamento De Beneficiamento De Tomate De Mesa]
Author: Silva M.C.
Franco A.T.O.
Ferreira M.D.
De MagalhaEs A.M.D.
Testezlaf R.
Abstract: The post-harvesting cleaning process in fresh market tomatoes production is essential to the consumer acceptance, since the degree of dirtiness of the fruits is directly related to its quality. However, the washing stage of the cleaning process of commercial packinghouse demands an excessive water volume, bringing serious environmental concerns. The objective of this work was to compare the cleaning efficiency in two cleaning systems through the evaluation of different operational conditions of the cleaning process, related with the brush rotation, water flow and fruit standing time under the system. It was compared the conventional system utilized in commercial equipment with a system using commercial sprays. The results showed that the cleaning efficiency was not directly related to the water volume used, but to the water pressure, standing time and brushes rotation. Therefore, the use of commercial sprays can bring benefits to the cleaning efficiency, increasing it up to 13%, and to the environmental, decreasing water consumption.
Editor: Sociedade Brasileira de Engenharia Agricola
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0100-69162008000400015
Date Issue: 2008
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