A mechanism has been developed which removes cured burley tobacco leaves from plants so that midribs are oriented parallel. A photosensor was utilized to count leaves as they were removed and a microprocessor determined the number of leaves allocated to each of three grades. Experiments indicated that 84% of leaves removed could be correctly sorted with a 2.4% material loss at an effective rate of approximately 2.4 times that of conventional methods.
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The investigation reported in this article (88-2-156) is in connection with a project of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and is published with the approval of the Director of the Experiment Station.
Wells, Larry G. and Bader, M. J., "Automated Sorting of Oriented Tobacco Leaves" (1990). Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Faculty Publications. 182.