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Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS)

ISSN:2141-7016

Article Title: Manufacturing Simulation of Cassava Chipping Machine Design Analysis
by Rufus Ogbuka Chime

Abstract:
The simulation of technical systems and processes is considered to be one of the key technologies for computer-supported product development and production technology. The goal of manufacturing simulation is to provide error-free manufacturing processes, optimization of machining times, and overall improved safety and profitability of the entire production process. Cassava production in Nigeria is increasing at 3% every year but Nigeria continues to import starch, flour, sweeteners that can be made from cassava. This paradox is due to how cassava is produced, marketed, and consumed in Nigeria, in a largely subsistence to semi commercial manner. cassava is one of the most important and widely grown food crops in Nigeria. Over two-thirds of the total production of cassava goes to the fresh food market for human consumption; the rest is used for animal feed, production of ethanol for fuel, and raw material for starch production industries A vital step in processing cassava is the reduction of the peeled fresh roots into smaller sizes by slicing or chipping. In the traditional method of cassava chipping, knives and machetes are used mechanically to reduce peeled cassava to small sizes. the manual method is very tedious, slow, and dangerous, as body injuries are easily sustained. Also, high labour inputs and high processing losses are incurred in large scale processing It is necessary to mechanize the chipping process in order to overcome the difficulties of handling large-scale processing with the traditional method, since the manual chipping operation alone creates a bottleneck The main features of the machine are: the frame and stand; the hopper, the chipping mechanism, the outlet chute; the shaft and bearings, and the power transmission unit. These component parts depending on their functions were made from cast iron, mild and stainless steel and aluminum. The uniqueness of the machine is that, the chipper can be operated using 4hp electric motor or manually operated by using the handle connected to the dead stock. As soon as we define manufacturing as the process that converts things into economic satisfactions, it becomes clear that producing does not stop when the product leaves the factory. Physical distribution and product service are still part of the production process and should be integrated with it, coordinated with it, managed together with it. It is already widely recognized that servicing the product must be a major consideration during its design and production. This paper reports on the design, simulation , stress analysis of a cassava chipping machine using software, with the aim of increasing the rate of processing cassava tubers into a stable form as soon as they are harvested. The performance of the machine was also evaluated.
Keywords: manufacturing, simulation, cassava chipping, design, modern tool and computer
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ISSN: 2141-7016

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Professor of Sensor Technologies
School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
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