Machines

Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

Small cardboard trays and punnets for sustainable packaging, transport and presentation

Sustainable packaging is an important pillar of policy for many producers and retailers. Unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all' solution for the ultimate sustainable packaging. Its development differs per product, company and branch. However, small trays and punnets made of sturdy, (food-safe)…

UK: Researchers develop robotic lettuce leaf peeling system

“There is a growing need to develop automated robotic solutions for agriculture due to increasing demand for food, changing climate conditions and decreasing availability of manual human labour," said Cambridge PhD student Luca Scimeca. "Our lettuce and stem detection algorithm demonstrates a robot which…

“Modified conveyors more affordable to growers”

The SB 10 conveyor system offered by SB Machinerie, has been on the market for quite a few years, having the reputation for being both portable and adaptable, it has been installed in some nice projects.  More recently, by adding a new variant; the SB10 EPC without the axles and wheels, the company can now…

Tomato Seed Extraction Machine ready for testing

Seed Processing Holland announces the test of one of their latest innovations, the Tomato Seed Extraction Machine TEM-010.  This machine is specifically designed to extract seeds from small tomato lots, perfect to be used at breeding stations. The first edition has been thoroughly tested, resulting in an upgraded edition. The machine builder…

Evelien Vanlerberghe, Tryvan/Trypol Pack

“Sorting Brussels sprouts optically halves staff needed”

"As a result of the dry weather, we expect a later start to the Brussels sprouts season. The sprouts are still on the small side at the moment and this has a bearing on the…

“Speeding up microgreens harvest up to 90%”

After being approached by a grower looking for a solution to the seemingly impossible task to harvesting microgreens with a machine, Bob Benner created his automatic harvester. It turned out to be a huge success. “We’ve reduced the time needed for processing a tray from 2 minutes by hand to a three…

A new way of fruit cutting in retail

In Scandinavia, most of the fruit retailers sell fruit such as melon and watermelons in halves, quarters or even smaller slices. However, for the fresh produce employees in charge of cutting and preparing the fruit for sale and display in the shop, the fruit cutting process was always a time-consuming,…

West Virginia University’s ‘BrambleBee’

Autonomous robot pollinates bramble plants

Natural pollinators, particularly honey bees, are disappearing at an alarming rate. This poses serious risks for agriculture as bees are the primary pollinators of a vast variety of crops. Their disappearance could compromise the work of food producers, ultimately reducing the amount of food available on…

Farmers want Canada included in U.S. trade agreement

Although there is a level of uncertainty for a concrete U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement, there might be good news. In August, president Trump announced The United…

Crop picking robot ‘Tarzan’ inspired by sloths

Engineers have long wanted to build robots to lighten the load of the fruit picker. But it has proven no easy task. Robots that walk or roll along the ground can trample delicate plants. And they can get bogged down when rain turns fields muddy. “Tarzan,” however, could overcome some of those challenges,…

‘Ready by Brexit'

Fruit-picking robot designed to replace seasonal workers on UK farms

Academics have claimed that a prototype robot, designed to inspect and pick hard-to-harvest soft fruits, is set to be unveiled in time for Brexit. Robotics experts at the University of Essex said the machine would attempt to recreate how humans pick with two hands, using cameras to find berries hidden…

Global market place for heavy machinery

Investments in machinery can result in high expenses for a company. Tradus, is a global marketplace for used commercial vehicles and pre-owned vehicles from all over the world. “We can help companies to find the right equipment and for the right price. As well the other way around, we help companies that…

Fresh produce laser can engrave up to 6,000 cucumbers per hour

Under the motto ‘Nature has the best inspirations – and we should make use of these,’ the German brand Eco Mark presents so-called Natural Branding. This very modern branding procedure makes it possible for the fruit branch to mark fresh products without using chemicals, plastic packaging or labels. This…

Hi-tech coring, halving, and quartering of bell peppers

The modern food processing industry is placing increasingly higher demands on machinery. Ease of use must go hand in hand with safety, controllability, and precision. "Continued development has led to the HiTec PDS (Pepper Decoring System). This is the perfect machine for the coring, halving, and…

Video: Robot harvests TOVs

Earlier this summer we told you all about Metomotion's plans to create a multi-purpose robotic system to perform labor-intensive tasks in a greenhouse. With over 35% of the hi-tech greenhouse acreage globally filled with tomatoes, the first objective of the company was to create a robotic tomato harvester .  The company started working…

Veg picking robots not that far away

In the very near future, robots are going to be picking the vegetables that appear on grocery store shelves across America. The automation revolution that’s arrived on the factory floor will make its way to the ag industry in the U.S. and its first stop will likely be the indoor farms that are now…

UK grower to test raspberry harvest robot

University of Plymouth spinout Fieldwork Robotics has signed an agreement with a leading UK soft-fruit grower to expand development of its harvesting robots. The company, created by Lecturer in Robotics Dr Martin Stoelen, is currently creating robots capable of picking a range of fruit and vegetables.…

US (MA): Vegetable oil heats homes and greenhouses

Homestead Inc. has received a $5,000 Clean Tech award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Valley Venture Mentors program for inventing the Yellow Heat oil burner. “VVM and MassCEC have partnered to offer Yellow Heat this grant,” states Dorota Glosowitz, Vice President of Programs at Valley…


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