A prototype of an orange picking robot: past history, the new robot and experimental results

A prototype of an orange picking robot: past history, the new robot and experimental results Purpose – To construct a commercial agricultural manipulation for fruit picking and handling without human intervention. Design/methodology/approach – Describes a research activity involving a totally autonomous robot for fruit picking and handling crates. Findings – Picking time for the robotic fruit picker at 8.7 s per orange is longer than the evaluated cited time of 6 s per orange. Research limitations/implications – The final system, recently tested, has not yet achieved a level of productivity capable of replacing human pickers. Further mechanical modifications and more robust and adaptive algorithms are needed to achieve a stronger robot system. Practical implications – Experimental results and new simulations look very promising. Originality/value – Will help to limit costs and guarantee a high degree of reliability. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Robot: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

A prototype of an orange picking robot: past history, the new robot and experimental results

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-991X
D.O.I.
10.1108/01439910510582255
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Abstract

Purpose – To construct a commercial agricultural manipulation for fruit picking and handling without human intervention. Design/methodology/approach – Describes a research activity involving a totally autonomous robot for fruit picking and handling crates. Findings – Picking time for the robotic fruit picker at 8.7 s per orange is longer than the evaluated cited time of 6 s per orange. Research limitations/implications – The final system, recently tested, has not yet achieved a level of productivity capable of replacing human pickers. Further mechanical modifications and more robust and adaptive algorithms are needed to achieve a stronger robot system. Practical implications – Experimental results and new simulations look very promising. Originality/value – Will help to limit costs and guarantee a high degree of reliability.

Journal

Industrial Robot: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2005

Keywords: Robotics; Agriculture; Fruits

References

  • A thinning based algorithm to characterize fruit stems from profile images
    Pla, F.; Juste, F.
  • An autonomous robot for harvesting cucumbers in greenhouses
    Van Henten, E.J.; Hemming, J.; Van Tuijl, B.A.J.; Kornet, J.G.; Meuleman, J.; Bontsema, J.; Van Os, E.A.

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