Spanish farm produce supplier El Dulze has reduced its human workforce from 500 down to just 100 with the use of robots, according to a report on FruitNet.com.
The company is said to be using Fanuc robots – LR Mate 200iB models – which use vision systems to even out the production line so the vegetables are not bunched up too close together for packing.
The robots also appear to be picking heads of lettuce and placing them in containers, or plastic packaging. Continue reading Spanish farm produce supplier reduces human workers from 500 to 100 using robots
The UK’s first national agricultural technology business plan competition has been won by a lettuce-picking robot
It is estimated that over 60 per cent of the production cost of a lettuce is in the manual harvesting. Automating this process would allow producers to be more competitive and respond faster to demand.
SoftHarvest, working closely with G’s Growers, one of the UK’s largest vegetable producers, has developed a robotic handler with vision recognition that is set to revolutionise this £300 million market across the UK, France and Spain.
SoftHarvest was selected as the student winner of Grow, the UK’s first national agri-tech business plan competition. Continue reading Robotic lettuce harvester prototype wins farming award