By: Wilma G. Del Rosario and Leandro D. Dimatulac
From left; Mr.Joel Soriyao and Rhey Marc Albalos(AMTEC) Mario Escueta and Luisito Putungan (SPCPFEA officers), Wilma Del Rosario (PSTC Laguna) and Engr. Dick Ola (proprietor of Rankine Enterprises)
The Agricultural Machinery Testing Center (AMTEC) conducted machine testing and evaluation of the Pineapple Decorticator, designed and developed by Engr. Dick Ola of Rankine Enterprises.
The machine testing took place last Feb. 01, 2022, at Engr. Ola’s machine shop at St.Mary’s Homes, Molino 4, Bacoor, Cavite. The testing was conducted in response to the recommendation of DOST – PTRI (Philippine Textile Research Institute) to have a certified government testing center evaluate the Fiber Decorticator of Rankine Enterprises prior to procurement of the machine by San Pablo City Pineapple Farmers Entrepreneur Assn. (2021 Beneficiary of Grants-In-Aid Program of DOST CALABARZON). This is to ensure that the quality of fibers to be produced shall conform to the standards of Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI).
The Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) Team was headed by Engr. Rhey Marc C. Albalos and assisted by Mr. Joel R. Soriyao. Technical experts of AMTEC started their testing by getting the dimensions of the machine. Three samples were taken from each of the fibers (abaca and pineapple leaves) available during the test run. The equipment was tested based on speed and quality of decorticated fibers.
Engr. Ola first explained the safety features of the machine and demonstrated the use of the equipment and functions of its components. The Decorticating Machine can be used for several types of fibers such as Abaca, Banana barks, Pineapple leaves, and Water Hyacinth. Each function was carefully explained such as the start buttons, RPM adjuster, Break/Stop, and Emergency Buttons.
The designer/fabricator also explained that the mechanism for both electrically and diesel-powered engine decorticating models was exactly the same. They only vary on the fuel source. However, the electrically driven engine is less mobile and is highly dependent on the electrical supply of the project site.