Advancing Medjool Date Research with the Date Sorting MachinePublic Deposited
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Southern Arava Research and Development studies agricultural practices on Medjool dates to support local farmers and protect the industry from water shortages and plant diseases. The current data collection process consumes much of the researcher's time that could be used elsewhere. This paper discusses the retrofit of a machine designed to automate the data collection process. The post-retrofit machine was able to classify dates based on weight and maturity. It can also export data on individual dates to an Excel sheet. The workings of the machine that were learned or added during this project were documented in a manual to allow researchers to use the machine for years to come.
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