by Sergio Samoilovich
(Buenos Aires, Argentna)
Fruit collection accounts for about half the price of production, whether by hand (most countries) or by machine.
The manual collection is the norm in most parts of the world. Migrant workers must be qualified and be present in the short period of fruit ripening. The task is slow, boring, risky and costly.
My invention is a fruit tree training device that creates a narrowing in the trunk that allows easy shaking, for efficient fruit collection.
The narrowing goes in the sense of the pressure, while a compensatory enlarging in the perpendicular free axis is developed. The press is loosened at collection time, and this allows the tree to be easily bent and shaken.