The design of a date palm service machine

Al-Suhaibani, S. A. and Babeir, A. S. and Kilgour, J. and Flynn, John (1988) The design of a date palm service machine. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 40 (2). pp. 143-157. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0021-8634(88)90111-4

Abstract

Dates are one of the most important crops in Saudi Arabia. Many of the cultural operations, and particularly harvesting, require the man to climb the tree and work at a considerable height above the ground. This is a dangerous and slow operation further compounded by a severe labour shortage.

The functions required of a data palm service machine are dethorning, pollination, thinning, bagging, pruning, harvesting individual dates and whole bunches and spraying for insect control.

In order to determine the size, reach and general physical requirements of a suitable machine a survey was carried out on 19 farms where nearly 1200 trees were measured. Ground profiles were also recorded to provide information on the required ground clearance and tyre size.

From this information the specification for a machine was proposed which should be able to service trees in most of the situations encountered. A prototype machine is now being constructed and will be tested during 1988 in Saudi Arabia.

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Additional Information:Dates are one of the most important crops in Saudi Arabia. Many of the cultural operations, and particularly harvesting, require the man to climb the tree and work at a considerable height above the ground. This is a dangerous and slow operation further compounded by a severe labour shortage. The functions required of a data palm service machine are dethorning, pollination, thinning, bagging, pruning, harvesting individual dates and whole bunches and spraying for insect control. In order to determine the size, reach and general physical requirements of a suitable machine a survey was carried out on 19 farms where nearly 1200 trees were measured. Ground profiles were also recorded to provide information on the required ground clearance and tyre size. From this information the specification for a machine was proposed which should be able to service trees in most of the situations encountered. A prototype machine is now being constructed and will be tested during 1988 in Saudi Arabia.
Keywords:agricultural engineering, date palm service machine
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D471 Agricultural Machinery
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:2889
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:14 Jul 2010 13:25
Last Modified:24 Sep 2012 14:34

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