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Georgia Tech builds 'high wire' robot to scout crops

Generally, the term “aerial robot” is synonymous with “drone,” but there are lots of other ways for robots to avoid spending time on the ground. One of the most creative that we’ve seen recently comes from Georgia Tech Professor Jonathan Rogers, who has been working on a sloth-inspired aerial robot named.....

For sale: 10 brand new Cummins natural gas generators

A global Private Negotiated Sale of ten (10) Cummins 2000 kW Natural Gas Generator Sets has been announced by TCL Asset Group Inc., Toronto Canada, on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada and its subsidiary NEP Holdings LP. This unprecedented offering represents an exceptional opportunity for power and.....

First trials with pepper harvesting robot in Belgian greenhouse

In the past week the Sweeper team has performed tests with their harvest robot in the greenhouse of partner Research Station for Vegetable Production at Sint Katelijne-Waver in Belgium. The data of the tests will be used for improving the vision algorithms for detecting ripe fruits and approach path of the.....

"30% of UK jobs at risk of being replaced by robots"

UK economic growth held up better than expected in the six months following the Brexit vote, but this began to ease in early 2017 as inflation has risen, squeezing household spending power.In their main scenario, PWC projects UK growth to slow to around 1.6% in 2017 and 1.4% in 2018 due to slower consumer.....

Germany: New semi-automatic steaming machine in operation

In the middle of February 2017 a large seed breeding business focused on oilseed rape crops put a new semi-automatic steaming machine from MSD GmbH into operation. The complete tractor-towed system has a steaming capacity of 800kg per hour. A special feature of its design is a large boom hood of more than 7.....

'Mission to MARS' for Australian vegetable industry

The Australian vegetable industry is on a mission to MARS, with robotics and automation emerging as key pillars of the production process, according to a new study evaluating innovations in vegetable production.The study, funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia with co-investment from and conducted by.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture NZ:

"Technology will enable horticulture growth"

"Horticulture is growing economically, and doing so sustainably. One feature of growth is that it means there is money available to invest in improved production. Horticulture grows through exports; this is proven by the fact that over the two years from June 2014, exports grew an incredible 40%. So the.....

Italy: GNA introduces new flow pack machinery

Established in 1987 in Bologna, GNA Srl operates in the automatic machine sector for the packaging of fresh and fresh-cut produce. In addition to its strong presence on both the domestic and international markets and its know-how, the company can also count on a wide range of products - flow-pack horizontal.....

13,200 containers per hour

Spain's largest organic cherry tomato packaging machine

Induser, the Ejido-based company specialised in the design and manufacture of packaging lines for agro-food products, has installed the largest automatic packaging machine in the organic cherry tomato sector for the firm Biosabor.It is a project developed in two stages for the production of 13,200 containers.....

Dramm upgrades coldfogger

Dramm has updated its Coldfogger, Targeted Low Volume Sprayer to the new AR model. This version offers a more durable pump that is easier to use and allows for the use of corrosive chemistries.The new Coldfogger AR uses a piston pump as an upgrade over the previous diaphragm pump. This pump features.....

Agricultural robot may be ‘game changer’ for crop growers, breeders

A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders – and eventually farmers – can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.A team of.....

High-speed pre-sealing

Increasingly produce packers are looking to increase line speeds upwards to 140ppm while at the same time significantly reducing manning levels. Weighing and adjusting every single pre-filled punnet whether direct from the field or pre-packed by overseas suppliers is simply no longer viable. With ever.....