Fresh palm fruit bunches from the orchard are usually put into wooden boxes suitable for weighing so that the number of bunches arriving at the processing site can be checked. Large equipment uses scales to weigh trucks.
Bunch quality standards depend on the quality of the initial arrival at the receiving station. Bunch abrasions are inevitable during this process, but subsequent further deterioration can be prevented or minimized.
Factors that affect palm oil composition and final quality are genetics, tree age, agronomy, environment, harvesting techniques, handling and transportation. Many of these factors are beyond the control of small processors. Perhaps some control over harvesting techniques and post-harvest transport and handling is possible.