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Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture with robotics and mechatronics projects at the I-Demo-days

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October 13, 2013

Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture showed various projects for the agricultural and food sector focusing on robotics and mechatronics during the I-Demo-days 2013, organized by Demokwekerij Westland in Honselersdijk, The Netherlands, on 2 and 3 October. These included: the robotic harvesting of fruits and fruit vegetables, computer vision based weeding, maturity and quality determination of plants and fruits, phenotyping of plants and flowers and devices to monitor plant health and to detect plant diseases.

Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is currently coordinator of two major European agro-robotic research projects: CROPS (Clever robots voor crops) and PickNPack.

Pepper harvesting robot

The CROPS project focuses on developing intelligent systems that can be used for harvesting of fruits in high value crops. The project aims on developing new technologies for sensors, robotic arms, grippers and artificial intelligence that can be deployed in various applications. Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture focuses on robotic harvesting of sweet-pepper. During the I-Demo-days the sensor platform of the pepper harvesting robot was demonstrated. That platform is equipped with high-tech cameras. Moreover, several robot end-effectors for harvesting fruits and for picking leaves were demonstrated.

PickNPack

In the project PickNpack Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is collaborating with 15 partners from 10 European countries. Objective of the project is to develop flexible robotic systems for automated adaptive packaging of fresh and processed food products. The PickNPack concept offers the food industry the benefits of automation – cost reduction, greater hygiene and more efficient use of resources – combined with the unique ability to adapt to the product and batch size at hand.

Techno Center Greenhouse Horticulture

The I-Demo-days started with the opening of the Techno Center Greenhouse Horticulture. In this center commercial and non-commercial parties inside and outside the greenhouse sector are brought together (companies, education, knowledge institutions and government).