PD-Seminar: Cocoa Pod Peeling machine

Development of a Cocoa Pod Peeling Machine for Cocoa Plantations in Cameroon

Field of Study

Keywords

Agile Development, Creativity Methods, Knowledge Management, Target Costing, Cost Estimation Methods

Problem

Until this day cocoa farming in African countries is based purely on manual labor. The use of sharp tools often leads to injuries and the hard physical work is unattractive to young people. This promotes migration from rural to urban areas. In addition to this, the use of sharp machetes often causes damage to the valuable cocoa beans leading to high amounts of waste. Frequently the trade of cocoa beans is the only source of income for the regions surrounding cocoa farms. This leads to a high dependency on the demand and price of cocoa.

Goal

The Cocoa Pod Peeling Machine at the International Green Week 2017 together with the minister Dr. Gerd Müller (Copyright: BMZ/Thomas Ecke)

Until this day cocoa farming in African countries is based purely on manual labor. The use of sharp tools often leads to injuries and the hard physical work is unattractive to young people. This promotes migration from rural to urban areas. In addition to this, the use of sharp machetes often causes damage to the valuable cocoa beans leading to high amounts of waste. Frequently the trade of cocoa beans is the only source of income for the regions surrounding cocoa farms. This leads to a high dependency on the demand and price of cocoa.

Approach

The Cocoa Pod Peeling Machine prototype and ints functional units

Within the first project phase (04/2016 – 11/2016) a number of concepts for the machine were developed based on requirements that were determined in close cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and by incorporating the end user early in the design process. The development was carried out using principles of agile product development. The designers also made use of further methods of product development as well as creativity and innovation promoting methods. A prototype of the machine was built based on the chosen concept. Within the second project phase (11/2016 – 04/2017) the prototype is being prepared for a series of tests directly at the cocoa farms and will subsequently be further developed into a close-to-production prototype. In addition to the product design itself, an analysis of the targeted market is carried out as well as a profitability assessment of the machine.

Project Term

April 2016 to September 2017

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