An end effector based on the Bernoulli principle for handling sliced fruit and vegetables

Davis, ST ORCID:, Gray, JO and Caldwell, DG 2008, 'An end effector based on the Bernoulli principle for handling sliced fruit and vegetables' , Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 24 (2) , pp. 249-257.

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This paper describes the design and testing of a gripper developed for the handling of delicate sliced fruit and vegetable products commonly found in the food industry. The device operates on the Bernoulli principle whereby air flow over the surface of an object generates a lift. The gripper allows objects to be lifted with minimal contact thereby reducing the chances of damaging or contaminating the object. The paper will describe the mathematical basis of the gripper operation followed by tests showing the nature of the grasp. As a secondary benefit it will be shown that the flow of air over the object can also be used to remove surface moisture produced during slicing. This drying effect is a feature particularly useful in some areas of food production. The paper will show a test manufacturing cell demonstrating the placement of slices of tomatoes and cucumber on to sandwiches.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0736-5845
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Depositing User: ST Davis
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 14:26
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:58

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