Industrial machine is very good at kicking out green tomatoes


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/08/28/industrial-machine-is-very-goo.html


#2

This is greenism.


#3

I’m amazed the red ones aren’t ketchup.


#4

#5

saw a similar process at the Herrs potato chip factory - chips are sped up on conveyor to leap over a gap, a scanner id’s the brown or green chips, and they are blown out of the flow with an air jet when they leap the gap.


#6

Poor little green maters…


#7

First they came for the green ones and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t green.


#8

Meanwhile next door…

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#9

Among other things. Or was that just the one time?


#10

I wonder if there are multiple passes? As there are at least two greeners that made it through this stage of the gantlet.


#11

Why you would ever kick out green toms is beyond me, and why you would spend time and energy designing and building a machine to do it is really beyond me!


#12

This is the future the alt-right wants.


#13

Maybe you only want greens, but reds dominate.

Kicking out the minority is always easier than kicking out the majority.


#14

Well, if it’s ease you’re after, then we must certainly admit that kicking out none is easiest of all!


#15

This machine is better at separating green tomatoes than I am at anything.


#16

Hypothesis: The red ones are shuttled to a side belt for an extra shot of ethylene gas before being merged back into the flow…


#17

If they’re standard American factory farm tomatoes, they’re probably still rock hard. They’ll soften during the trip to the grocery store.


#18

I noticed black spotted tomatoes getting through. I’m sure blossom end rot tomatoes get processed along with the rest. So, no green allowed, but everything else is good to go!


#19

SHUT IT DOWN! one got through…trash the crop.


#20

It’s like real life Fruit Ninja!