AUTONOMOUS STRAWBERRY PICKER


Harvests quality strawberries directly into the punnet

We are currently conducting pilot testing of a strawberry harvester. An autonomous strawberry harvester mounted on the Thorvald robot will be able to harvest predefined varieties of strawberries on table-tops. The Thorvald robot moves autonomously along the rows, and activates the harvester wherever there are ripe berries.

The Thorvald robot moves autonomously along the rows, and activates the harvester wherever there are ripe berries, which provides a solution to the following problems a) Strawberry harvesting heavily relies on human labor; b) strawberries are easily damaged and bruised; c) strawberries tend to ripen very unevenly, giving large variations in color and size; d) strawberries tend to grow in clusters, which makes it hard to identify and pick individual strawberries.

EXTRA QUALITY CONTROL

Non-ripe berries are not picked, and berries with diseases are discarded, and the stem length can be adjusted

PICKS DIRECTLY INTO THE PUNNET

The harvester picks berries directly into the punnets that are sold in shops. Ready to be delivered and sold.

MACHINE VISION

A specially trained machine vision system identifies healthy and ripe berries

"The work that professor Pål From and his team are undertaking to provide automatic robotic harvesting solutions is critically important to grower economics and sustainability and their progress in the area has been impressive."

Dr Daniel James Sargent, Principal Scientist R&D, Driscoll’s Genetics Ltd.
Driscoll’s is a USD 3 billion global berry brand.

INTERESTED IN THE HARVESTER?

The farmers who have already committed to the UV-treatment will be given first priority on the strawberry harvester. UV-treatment will be launched in 2019 and we aim to launch the strawberry harvester in 2020. Sign up here to make sure you avoid a waiting list!

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