UNY Students team on PKM-applied technology have succeeded in designing a catfish loading machine to increase the productivity of catfish breeders. They are Abdul Rosyid Hidayatullah, Muhammad Faqihul Imam (Physics), Heni Febriani (Biology), Yoga Agung Saputra (Mechanical Engineering Education), and Hestiana (Science Education).
Abdul Rosyid said that catfish has a great business prospect. “In 2019, a machine called CUTLE MACHINE was developed by UNY students to solve cutting and cleaning problem. However, CUTLE MACHINE still has shortcomings on its bulky size, lack of portability, high electricity consumption and no adjustment setting for the conveyor speed that may result uncut catfish. The previous CUTLE MACHINE also has minimum cleaning method for the catfish due to a simple mechanism on injected water. We have seen the room for improvement and decided to upgrade certain point from the previous CUTLE MACHINE to boost further time efficiency on catfish processing at Lala Lele Bioflok,” he said.
Rosyid explained that latest design has applied the use of a blade disc moved by a DC wiper motor drive and better cleaning feature with a water pump and hook. “We also design the machine to be less bulky and portable. The speed of conveyor can be adjusted so that we can make sure that every catfish will be cut precisely,” he said. (witono, Tj.Lak)