Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 146 (2018) 136–144 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Computers and Electronics in Agriculture journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/compag Original papers Reducing postharvest losses of apples: Optimal transport routing (while minimizing total costs) J. Springael, A. Paternoster , J. Braet Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences, Department of Engineering Management, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium ARTICLE I NFO ABSTRACT Keywords: Fresh products may suﬀer considerable damage during postharvest transportation caused by vibrations and Postharvest losses shocks (i.e. transient vibrations that damp out over time). The Belgian apple industry is yearly worth 125–140 M Transport costs euro (EBITDA to apple growers) and experiences losses between 10 and 25% corresponding to 10–25 M euro. Path optimization Apple losses can be attributed to fungal diseases that enter the apple through bruised or punctured tissue and Apple damage contaminate the fruit. Vibrations occurring during transports are a major contributor to bruises or punctures on apples, and, as a consequence, need to be avoided. An eﬀective method to reduce the apple loss rate is by minimizing the number and intensity of vibrations that occur during the transport route. In this paper, we suggest planning transport routes based on transportation costs
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture – Elsevier
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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