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Is the trolley-lorry the vehicle of the future?

This electric roadway for hybrid lorries is two kilometres long and can be found in Sweden, along the regular motorway. While the lorries use the roadway, they’re being charged via the high-voltage cables.The roadway was developed by Siemens and Scania, and is close to the Swedish city of Gävle. Sweden hopes.....

Video collection: robots in the field

"When asked for the links to some of the videos I shared in this presentation at the 2018 NJ Agricultural Convention, I found that I had only included about half of the videos that illustrated my talk in the Proceedings book which will be available on the NJ Veg Crops Online Resources site shortly", writes.....

Indian Prime Minister: farmers are our TOP priority

This week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that farmers producing fruits and vegetables are his government’s 'TOP' priority. He added: “TOP means Tomato, Onion & Potato. We have launched 'Operation Greens' in the interest of these farmers. ‘Operation Greens' is there for the benefit of.....

Cucumber robot to save German open field production?

Automation-intensive sectors such as the automotive industry are not the only ones to rely on robots. In more and more agricultural settings, automation systems are superseding strenuous manual labor. As part of the EU’s CATCH project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK.....

1 stand, 4 innovations: 50 years of potting machines

As an exhibitor right from the very start, Mayer Heidenheim (Germany) showcased innovations designed to boost the customer’s productivity and ensure quality at the IPM 2018.This year's focus was on four groundbreaking innovations for ornamental plant businesses and tree nurseries. At the same time visitors.....

Cucumber sorting machine followed up by Rock-Paper-Scissors genius

This rock-paper-scissors science experiment is a novel use of TensorFlow. Last year TensorFlow was seen automating cucumber sorting, finding sea cows in aerial imagery, sorting diced potatoes to make safer baby food, identifying skin cancer, helping to interpret bird call recordings in a New Zealand bird.....

Bundling and labelling loose bunches of vegetables

Certain vegetables, such as spring onions, leek stalks, bunches of parsley or celery are often sold unpackaged. The irregular shapes make it difficult to label and “brand” these types of vegetables. When using the Bandall veg bander, it is not only easy to bundle these bunches and stalks, but also to label.....

New control system for Plate Seeder Machines DECOP 305

For more than 30 years Conic System has been manufacturing seeder machines. Following requests from customers, the company developed new systems adapted to their needs.Not long ago, they created a new control system for the Plate Seeder Machines DECOP 305 which allows for a much more effective sowing, by means.....

Joe Swartz, American Hydroponics

"Seduction by technological advancements can blind a grower"

During the past several years, interest in Controlled Environment Ag (CEA) has virtually exploded. Current growers are expanding at a rapid pace and new entrants to the field abound. From greenhouse production to indoor vertical farming (IVF), we hear an unending list of stories of “new and innovative.....

New device that prevents load in pallet trucks from falling

A protective device for moving pallets has just been launched into the market; a practical and affordable solution that will allow operators to move pallets across a warehouse or wholesale market without them having the slightest chance of falling.The device relies on a manually operated mechanism that has.....

Steam separator designed to cool geothermal water from 140-100°C

Trias Westland is the first Dutch initiative to explore geothermal energy at a depth of more than 4000 meters. Drilling and pumping water from this depth brings a lot of challenges to surface and one of them is the high temperature of the water.Almost 4 kilometers. That's how far the drill of the new.....

ISO Group at IPM Essen

New combination machine for cutting planting and transplanting

At the coming World Trade Fair for Horticulture at IPM in Essen, scheduled for 23 up to and including 26 January 2018, the ISO Group will unveil a new machine, which is a combination of the ISO Cutting Planter 2500 (automatic cutting planter machine) and the ISO Vision Planter (transplanter).Globally, more.....

New tray filler at IPM: automatize production while saving labor

This Fall Ellepot introduced their new patent pending Ellepot Tray Filler (TF-1), helping customers automatize their production while saving labor. The automation enables growers to improve productivity by establishing an efficient, uniform and faster production method by filling up to 9,000 pots per.....

Forget ready to eat, get a robot