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The peanuts have been one of the most lucrative products in the food processing industry due to their immense use and manifold applications. You can see a peanut product in so many food items that processing and selling peanuts products almost looks like investing in gold. But the peanut industry has suffered a lot. Before the introduction of automatic sorting machines and shelling machines, peanut processing was dependent on labors. This article discusses the difficulties peanut industries have faced and the revolution automation brings about in the industry. Also, the traditional problems are discussed here which were prevalent before the machines entered the industry.

Peanut is a product that needs extreme care and precaution while harvesting. You cannot feed too much water, you cannot let it dry up. Any mistake made and the whole crop is burnt. You can understand that peanuts are fragile seen from this point of view. Moreover, once harvested, peanuts need to be stored in a cold and dry place. You cannot let the storage towers be heated, nor can you allow any kind of water seepage in the storage.

The storage is not the only problem, that’s where your problems begin with peanuts. After careful observation and efficient storage, you need reliable means of transferring the peanut crops in the treatment facility. The transferring medium should be sealed, ensuring no moisture and dust enter the transfer process. After reaching the treatment area, these peanut grains need shelling. Shelling was something done by hands earlier. A row of labor workers sitting with huge stocks of peanut granules used to remove the peanut shells. This process was very lethargic, and the possibility of error was considerable.

But with the interaction of technology and acceptance of automated machines in the peanut processing industry, the peanut processing has seen a revolution. Crops are now harvested with automatic cutters and unwanted forage is removed from the stock with harvesters. The storage is revolutionized by our new-age products such as silo storage which can store up to 1200 tons of peanut granules without any difficulty. The option of hoppers is also made available to the industrialists if the storage capacity needs to be expanded as high as 1500 tons. The main difference between silo and hopper storage options is that silos have a conical bottom, which allows the flowing down of the material automatically. Also, hoppers offer huge storage and permit no moisture to protect the stored material.

Moreover, the conveyors have seen a huge update in recent years. Back in the days of manual sorting, the peanuts were sorted in sizes and grades, but the error margins were considerably high. With the advent of automatic sorting machines, the shelling and sorting of peanuts have become a cakewalk. As a result, more peanut stocks are sorted in less time and the increased accuracy has allowed Indians to expert peanuts and earns in dollars. This has encouraged more industrialists to come forward and offer higher quality in terms of peanut grades. The way the peanut industry operates today is all thanks to the machines that make it look easy.

Today, Z-type conveyor belts, bucket conveyors, and screw conveyors have revolutionized the way peanuts are transferred and processed. The sorting and shelling machines have reduced the active process time on one stock of the peanut pile. And lastly, the packing and punching machinery also has helped in the reduction of time. Today, one ton of peanuts can be conveyed, shelled, processed, and sorted in less than five hours. This is a great saving in time as well as investment in labor. Moreover, the crushing and conditioning of peanut particles have been automated to feed the peanut crush or peanut paste into the peanut butter industry directly.

All these amenities have caused the food processing industry to flourish like never before. One can press a push-button and rest for his entire shift if the machines stated here are used in his factory. The reduction in labor has greatly increased the working time and reduced the hours of processing. As a result, today a stack of peanuts can be renewed in as less as 24 hours. We take great pride in this industrial development.