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Dutch company will automate harvesting until packaging of cucumber

    Fruits and vegetables    15/03/2019

Years ago, the Dutch company Beltech and part of One of A Kind Technologies teamed up to develop a cucumber crop robot.

"We develop and deliver technology to ensure that our customers' products and data are secure, authentic, transparent and processed in a flexible and sustainable manner. Our systems integrate optical technology to automate quality inspection in real time and online. This requires skills like machine vision, machine learning, mechatronics and robotics, "said Beltech.

Harvest Robot

According to Richard Vialle, CCO and co-founder of One of A Kind Technologies: "Now, you need 120 workers during peak harvesting of 10 acres of cucumbers in greenhouses. With the crop robots, it takes 20 to 25 workers to harvest the same greenhouse. The robot is still in development, and we are still looking for parties to help us with funding. It will be two years at least before we can market this robot. "

Packaging Robot

About six months ago, a cucumber packaging robot was created in Canada, or rather six robotic arms that, combined, pack 20,000 cucumbers placed on trays per hour. "The robot sees the cucumbers placed on the belt, picks them up and puts them on the tray," explains Richard. For this project, the company worked with Christiaens Agro, specializing in the screening and sealing of cucumbers. The machine is operational every day since June 2018.

Source: Beltech

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Drones being developed for harvest fruits

    Fruits and vegetables    13/03/2019

The Israeli company Tevel Aerobotics Technologies aims to turn the fruit harvest from a traditional manual process into a state-of-the-art technology to improve farmers' productivity and provide a modern orchard service.

"Based on our deep familiarity with the market, we believe that once our product is commercially available, this solution will quickly replace manual labor and take over the market," according to the company.

"Our plan is to create a unique service model that frees growers from the need to recruit temporary labor force every harvest. A fleet of Tevel Aerobotics drones, operated by the service company, will economically harvest crops, allowing producers to benefit from lower costs and collecting new data on their orchards. "

Source: Tevel Aerobitics Technologies

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American company develops robot to harvest strawberries

    Fruits and vegetables    25/01/2019

A Florida-based technology company that has been developing for years a strawberry harvesting robot has finally begun to unveil the product - first for news segments and next month with a demonstration for producers attending an annual industry convention in Orlando .

The United States is the world's largest producer of strawberries, producing 1.36 billion pounds of fruit each year. In California, where most of these strawberries are grown, 400 farmers depend on 55,000 rural workers to work in their fields, according to the California Strawberry Association.

Imagine a robot that can replace these workers. The Harvest CROO machine, which measures more than eight rows of strawberries, has 16 robotic arms attached to a single chassis that rotate to lift the leaves of the plant, take pictures of the berry and, with a plastic clamp, remove the red fruits of the stem. Then, internally, the machine loads the fruit into plastic containers with a packing capacity of 450 kilos.

If it is true that the Harvest CROO machine is years away from marketing, the promise is still significant. The introduction of a robotic worker who does not need a visa, can work at night, rain or shine all season, can trigger a paradigm shift in the strawberry industry. Of course, it moves more slowly than a trained human: at his fastest, he crawls at eight centimeters per second. But on a commercial scale, operating at 20-hour shifts, the machine could cover 3.20 hectares in one day, doing the work of 30 scavengers.

Source: newfoodeconomy.org

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Cargo robot increases employee productivity up to 30%

    Fruits and vegetables    16/12/2018

The robotic startup Augean Robotics came up with Burro, a robot version of a small donkey that can carry up to 227 kilos to an agricultural worker, boosting productivity by 20 to 30 percent, according to the company.

"We have a car that follows, learns routes and re-runs them on its own," says Charlie Andersen, CEO of Startup, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "There could be a consumer iteration in the future."

Augean Robotics chose agriculture because the industry is poised for robots that can help people who are working outdoors, picking fruits and vegetables. The donkey works as a virtual conveyor belt accompanying the workers, handling the load autonomously and capturing data to further automate agricultural work.

"We are finding that in many hand-picked crops - such as table grapes, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries - every person who reaps walks several miles a day carrying heavy packages back and forth," Andersen explains. 

"With a single Burro going up and down lines autonomously, a group of people can harvest 20 to 30 percent more products a day, aided by a virtual conveyor belt running what has been programmed for a collection point."

A farm worker can walk three to five miles a day, eventually pushing more than 80 pounds of harvested produce back to a central location, then starting over. The Donkey can track the workers, approach when a wheelbarrow is full, take what has been picked up to the central location, and repeat the process. The robot learns how it works and can be expanded to perform more and more tasks autonomously over time.

"Each donkey we build is camera-packed, connected to the cloud, has GPS, can run deep learning models and can be expanded with autonomous attachments to do everything from cargo transport, local spraying to pruning and harvesting," explains Andersen . 

Over the next six months, the startup plans to run paid field tests and testing with producer partners to help refine the Donkey. By mid-2019, Augean will be on the market with the first robot that producers can buy. Augean plans to sell Donkeys for about $ 10,000 each, plus shipping and signing fees to keep them online. Andersen estimates that the device will be able to pay with increased productivity in less than a year.

Source: forbes.com

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Robot with artificial intelligence to harvest strawberry

    Fruits and vegetables    05/11/2018

Agrobot uses artificial intelligence to determine when to pick the fruit. Up to 24 robotic arms handle and cut the fruit of your rod to meet the farmer's quality standards

Agrobot is an autonomous robotic harvester ready to revolutionize the agricultural industry. It works with the world's leading farmers to automate the harvesting of berries through the power of artificial intelligence.

Agrobot uses a 3D detection scanner with infrared and color depth sensors, integrated with short range, to capture the details and identify when the fruit is ready for harvesting.

Agrobot, powered by NVIDIA Jetson, currently evaluates individual strawberries for harvesting using semantic targeting. This method depends on a convolutional neural network to classify each pixel of the image received as belonging to the class 'strawberry' or not. However, if strawberries overlap in the image, semantic segmentation will not suffice. Agrobot is looking to extend its system to run instance segmentation, where each strawberry is unique.

According to the forbes.com, agriculture will continue to evolve through the help of AI and automation processes will have interesting and useful benefits for society, reducing costs and helping farmers reap the rewards of their work throughout the year.

Source: Agrobot.com


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Meet the new robot for harvesting sweet peppers

    Fruits and vegetables    30/10/2018

The Sweeper robot was designed to harvest sweet peppers in a growing system based on individual plant stems in a row, a crop with no bunches and few foliage near the fruit

In previous test facilities in a commercial greenhouse with a Type V dual-line cultivation system, the crop robot achieved a harvest percentage of 62%. Based on the results of these tests, the Sweeper consortium hopes to bring the commercial bell pepper robot to market in about four or five years.

Until then, more research will be needed to allow robots to work faster and achieve a higher percentage of success. In addition, commercially viable cultivation systems that are more suitable for robotic crop harvesting should be developed. The results of the test and the research are not only adequate for automatic harvesting of sweet peppers; the data can also be used to robotize the harvest of other crops.

The Sweeper robot is the successor to CROPS (Clever Robots for Crops), an EU project launched by WUR, in which WUR and the other participants developed a robot that can distinguish between fruits, leaves, stems and pepper plant, and as a result, the robot can harvest sweet peppers without damaging them.

Source: www.sweeper-robot.eu


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Meet the tomato harvester robot

    Fruits and vegetables    19/09/2018

Learn about Metomotion's plans to create a multipurpose robotic system to perform labor-intensive tasks in a greenhouse

With more than 35% of the surface of high technology greenhouses globally filled with tomatoes, the company's first goal was to create a robotic tomato harvester. The company started working on the system and a POC was held in a commercial greenhouse earlier this year. Currently alpha field tests are occurring and we have some video material for you. Check out how the GRoW system harvests tomatoes on the vine and puts them in your inner cart.

Next year, beta pilots are planned. Commercial introduction is scheduled for 2019.

Source: Metomotion


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TOMATO / CEPEA: With lower entry, quotes go up wholesale

    Fruits and vegetables    01/08/2018

Quality of tomato is considered very good

The long-lived tomato salad was valued at Ceagesp, 2A and 3A were sold at R $ 18.60 / cx of 20 kg (+ 16.25%) and R $ 30.52 / cx (+ 15.47% ), respectively, between the 23 and 27/07. The increase is due to the lower volume of fruit on the market, as last week, due to the acceleration of maturation, more tomatoes were removed from the crops in advance. Thus, for these days, the available products were on a smaller scale, which led to the increase in prices. Even so, according to employees of Hortifruti / Cepea, sales are not so favorable, possibly due to the end of the month and school holidays. The quality is considered excellent, since the climate is favorable to the cultivation. For next week, the scenario may be similar or even better: lower volume and higher prices!


Source: hfbrasil.org.br

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