The performance evaluation of a dual-function device for slicing and drying Okra developed at the Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu Nigeria was carried out and reported. The device was designed to slice and dry okra in one single-sequence operation. To evaluate the devices, some physical characteristics (the axial length, mean equivalent diameters and sphericity) of okra samples were measured to determine blade distance and other machine considerations. The results showed that the mean axial length, equivalent diameters and sphericity determined for each okra sample categorized as big (A), medium(B) and small (C) are; axial length: 74.62mm, 59.7 mm and 44.03mm, equivalent diameters: 24. 54mm, 19.20mm and 15.79mm, sphericity: 0.56, 0.55, 0.62 respectively. Evaluating the performance of the modified device, the overall slicing efficiency is 95.29%, with a maximum efficiency of 97.50% recorded while slicing small size okra. The overall machine capacity is 12.59 kg h-1 while the average chip length, width and thickness are 19.56mm, 7.52mm and 3.39mm, respectively and drying efficiency of 87.68%. The results showed significant improvement in modified machine performance in terms of slicing efficiency and output capacity.
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R S, Bello. "Modification and performance evaluation of a dual-function okra processing device" Afribary.com (2020). Accessed July 05, 2020. https://afribary.com/works/modification-and-performance-evaluation-of-a-dual-function-okra-processing-device