Improving and Automating the Manual Argan Nut Sorting ProcessPublic Deposited
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Kibbutz Ketura uses a manual crate sifting system to sort argan nuts into four groups by size before the cracking process. This is necessary as the cracking machine struggles with large size variance and nuts with multiple kernels. Our project was to design and build a proof-of-concept sorting machine to aid in scaling up production. The resulting machine was 290% faster while maintaining accuracy comparable to the sifting crates. The size groups Ketura uses were condensed into three size groups. As Kibbutz Ketura and partner Kibbutzim start to expand argan agriculture, scalability is needed.
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