A potato peeler with double function is designed
A device to peel potatoes and then slice them into French fries in just one process was designed by students from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.Bogotá D. C., 22 de septiembre de 2010 — Agencia de Noticias UN
Potato is one of the most important food elements in Colombia. It contains methionine, an essential aminoacid which milk contains in lower proportions; that is why it is an excellent combination. This tuber contains vitamin C and potassium that acts against calculus, and magnesium that relieves gastritis.
There are many different recipes with potatoes, but peeling them and arranging them to cook is a long and laborious process, and even more in restaurants or casinos, where they need to prepare potatoes in big amounts.
Miguel Ángel Pacavita Muñoz, Diego Andrés Gutiérrez Mendoza y Johan Enrique Escorcia Fonseca designed a device that, differently from the existing devices in the market, not only peels the potatoes, but also slices them.
The objective of this new device is to process potatoes in a short time by peeling and slicing them, generating the minimum waste at low electricity consumption, and, in addition, guaranteeing the safety of the person who is using it.
“The device proposes improvements to the existing peeling machines in the market and represents an automatic peeling and slicing industrial machine, which is operated manually. References from machines like this were not found in thee market”, said Diego Andrés García.
The machine has a transparent lid to isolate the process and for the user to observe without touching the dangerous parts; a simple controller ON/OFF for the user is designed for its simple use, a shield to avoid sliced potatoes to block the blades, and a piece to avoid the blades to hurt the users.
The potato is placed into the first compartment, and then water enters in order to spread and regulate the space for the cleaning and peeling process. Once this first step is completed, the cutting process shapes the potato in slices, French fries or cubes. After that, the wastes are put in a tray where they are filtrated, and, finally, the machine eliminates the water.