Inspection

Removal of the peel often discloses blemishes within the potato tubers. Inspection for these defects is accomplished by visual means or electromechanical detection and removal. The number of inspectors or mechanical devices depends on product volume and/or defects. Defects such as bruised and discolored areas are commonly trimmed away or the entire tuber may be removed. Trimming of such defects from the tubers by hand is performed by the inspectors or by a photo/mechanical process. In some plants, a second inspection follows the cutting/slicing operation. Then optical detection and mechanical removal of only the defective portion of a French fry strip is performed.

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