Blog from May, 2017

Robotic Arm With Pruner

We had a robotic arm lying around and thought we’d have some fun in the lab with a pneumatic pruner.

Shown here is a UR5 arm configured to navigate to way points on a tree. Once in position, the pruner is activated and a branch is removed.

 

Robotic Arm Picking Apples

We had a robotic arm lying around and thought we’d have some fun in the lab with a new type of gripper.

Shown here is a UR5 arm configured to navigate to way points on a tree. Once in position, the gripper is activated, then the arm twists and pulls the apple from the tree and places the fruit in a tray.

We recently conducted a trial demonstrating the RIPPA robot working on an apple orchard in Three Bridges, Victoria, Australia. RIPPA operated autonomously up and down the apple rows and was able to change rows at the headlands by moving sideways. The trial demonstrated VIIPA autonomously and in real time detecting then targeting apples with variable rates of fluid.

The video below shows some of the experiments conducted on the trial:

Future applications of the technology include pest management, pruning, thinning, and pollinating in tree crop farming.