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.
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. "
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.