Assuming that the product does reduce damage to delicate produce, perhaps they are talking about water conveying floating produce using waves generated by the actuators located on the bottom of an elongated tank. Their website however does show perfect spheres rolling down the waves created by actuators deforming the conveyor surface.
Since the only motion in the conveyor is the up and down of the actuators, that would mean that the delicate produce would have to advance by rolling. Produce is odd shaped so it would tumble down the conveyor bumping into other delicate produce and having a mind of its own as to its path, bouncing off the sides etc. Is the intent for the delicate produce to slide? But that would abrade its delicate skin and not keep it from tumbling. Perhaps there's no provision for programing the actuators as that would be an impossible task. Is there something I have missed?
Thanks Nadine. Innovative indeed. Makes me wonder whether this was an idea that came before the need was identified. It may seem odd, but we're seen some great technology in the past couple decades where the technology showed up before the need was apparent. Almost everything on the Internet came from this approach.
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