Create machine that measures the quality of alpaca and vicuña fibers

Max Quispe, electronic engineer of Maxcorp Technologies S.A.C. and Dr. Edgar Quispe, zootechnical engineer of the National Autonomous University of Chota (Cajamarca-Peru), participated in the construction of the FIBER-EC team with the support of mechatronics and systems engineers, the PUCP (Peru) and the UPNA (Navarra-Spain) “We are the pioneers. The other equipment used in the country such as OFDA, Laserscan and Projection Microscope are mainly Australian technology, their prices are exorbitant and their maintenance and training are complicated. On the other hand, the mechanical components of our equipment have been made by Peruvians and allow us to measure the diameter, coefficient of variation, variance, standard deviation, comfort factor and itch factor of wool fibers and hair of animal origin at an accessible cost of US $ 30 thousand, and its use and maintenance are simple, “they say.

The FIBER-EC weighs 16 kilos and is contained in a portable case resistant to shock and corrosion and capable of working at altitudes of up to 5,300 meters above sea level and at temperatures of up to -7 ° C. It measures in real time, and in less than one minute per sample, fibers in different average diameter ranges and with specific procedures for the evaluation of vicuña, alpaca, llama, sheep, cashmere, mohair, cowhide, human hair fibers. and has the capacity to incorporate procedures to measure other types of fibers. And its handling and use are quite simple.

Algunas piezas han sido diseñadas y construidas en una impresora 3D y otras con cortadora láser. Las piezas de metal han sido fabricadas en laboratorios de mecánica fina computarizada del Perú. Y otros componentes, como los motores, objetivos ópticos, mini cámara industrial, dispositivos electrónicos y fajas de transmisión han sido importados de Italia, EEUU y China.

The FIBER-EC has been validated by the Textile Fibers Laboratory of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology of Bariloche, Argentina. It has already been tested in production sites such as Huancavelica and Junín under extreme conditions of temperature and altitude, above 4,000 meters above sea level.

Con la expansión de estos equipos se espera que los productores puedan vender sus productos a precios más justos en base a la calidad de sus fibras constatadas por el FIBER-EC, además de poder hacer una mejor selección genética de las mejores especies, favoreciendo a miles de familias peruanas y mejorando sus ingresos.

Así es como en el Perú hacemos ciencia e innovación tecnológica para el desarrollo del país.

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