Instrumented Sphere Assessment Of Tomato Handling Equipment In Queensland
This investigation undertaken for the Tomato Committee of the Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers used an instrumented sphere to locate potentially damaging impact sites on equipment used for harvest, grading and packing of tomatoes in the Bowen and Bundaberg districts. To streamline assessment of the sampled fruit and simplify the interpretation of results, two descriptive categories of impact injury were chosen: surface splitting visible at the fruit’s surface and internal injury often only revealed by opening the fruit but may be associated with surface darkening or softening. A series of trials were undertaken using the Tempest, a popular variety grown around Bowen. Findings are typically based on 40 impacts per treatment.