Picking strawberries can now with a robot

Octinion, in collaboration with the research Centre Hoogstraten, a robot is developed that will autonomously strawberry picking. The innovation of the engineering company from Leuven, belgium on the 24th of september, presented in world premiere during the biennial trade fair on strawberry in Hoogstraten.

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The automated harvesting of strawberries is complex: it can move through the greenhouse, ripe strawberries, select, and picking without damaging them and finally, in the packaging sort. The harvesting robot of Octinion is able to do so.

“The innovation consists in the fact that the strawberry along the bottom is approached, and that the entire action of picking is performed by one machine,” says Tom Coen, CEO of Octinion. “Unlike other oogstsystemen no single human action to take. The part that the machine makes unique, is the robotic arm. That must be the strawberry picking at the same speed and quality as a human picker.”

To develop the technologies worked Octinion closely with the research Centre Hoogstraten in the noorderkempen (antwerp). Therefore, the company can rely on decades of experience in the aardbeienteelt and has access to modern infrastructure and techniques. “We want to make sure that the robot responds to the needs of the strawberry growers”, says the research Centre. The innovation is presented at the biennial Mechanization and Demonstratiebeurs Strawberries in Meerle, municipality of Hoogstraten. (Belga)

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