Development of equipment for jerusalem artichoke processing
The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus Linnaeus) is a plant used as phytotherapic medicine, which is a growing segment in Brazil. Due to the demand increase, the processing method does not meet the market expectations, demonstrating the requirement for new processes and equipment. Currently small agriculturists extract the product using an artisanal method. In this paper we used a design methodology to elaborate an equipment concept to mechanize the Jerusalem artichoke processing, focusing on family farms. The project was supported by the Santa Catarina Rural Extension and Agricultural Research Enterprise (EPAGRI) which aided with mapping the process necessities. The resulting product of this work can contribute to family farming development, bringing improvements for productive process and working conditions. The product concept has modular characteristics, thus being adaptive to the needs of small producers.