Smart Machinery Makes It Possible to Free Man From The Labor of Vegetables-and-Fruits-Picking
Fruit picking is one of the most challenging tasks to accomplish in the agricultural industry, "When to pick" and "How to pick it safe" are always the key factors. The first problem may lie in a labor shortage. Nowadays, consumers develop a stronger demand for flawless fruits and vegetables. In order to fulfill this demand, hundreds of thousands of workers are needed to maintain the cycle of the agricultural industry - growing farmland, taking care of crops, harvesting products, packaging and transporting, etc. Unfortunately, it has been witnessed a serious shortage of workers with the above skills at present in most countries.
To solve the problem of labor shortage, there is a rising trend that most agricultural enterprises adopt a great diversity of machinery and equipment to boost production efficiency. However, this leads to the second concern - it is always irreversible to discover damage to agricultural products during the harvesting and delivery process since the fruits and vegetables are vulnerable to heavy farm machinery to locate. Specifically, many genres of fruits such as strawberry and tomato still proved resistant to automation as they are easily bruised or split.
Luckily, recent technological developments and advances in machine learning have led to successful trials of robotic applications and improvements in the farming field, and SmartMore is one of them. Specialized in intelligent manufacturing and digitalization for 20 years, SmartMore offers high-quality certified vision products customized for clients to guarantee a high-efficient and reliable production line for the agricultural industry, including industrial cameras, FA lenses, light sources, high-speed automatic cobots, and soft grippers, providing a complete solution for Coal Gangue recognition and sorting.
How Exactly SmartMore Helps in Vegetables-and-Fruits Picking?
First, a camera scans the object and recognize its color, shape, size, level of ripeness and location. Through SmartMore's machine learning algorithm, thousands of images will be taken and the object will be identified if it is ready for harvest.Then, a second camera will then guides the picking cage on top of the object without harming it. Sensors feel when it is in the right position, then, the robot and its end effector will finish the task of grabbing, cutting and placing.
SmartMore's smart systems and robots can also lead to more sustainable farming practices. As the robots can work even in harsh environments, and can be trained to pick only ripe vegetables and working around the clock, they could then enable growers to produce less waste while increasing picking efficiency and accuracy dramatically. We believe in the near future, robotics will convert the market from being supply-driven to demand-driven and reduce food waste, consequently contribute to the development of sustainable farming.
What Benefits Can SmartMore Bring to Your Business?
Higher Flexibility and Efficiency: With SmartMore's inspeciton software SMore ViMo, one fruit or vegetable can be identified and picked less than 10s, and the success rate can reach more than 90%. The entire picking and sorting process will be automatically completed with the robotic arm integrated into the hardware equipment. Ultra-fast and accurate grabbing even in dust, humid o heat environments!
Sustainable Future For Farming Industry: SmartMore's smart systems and robots can also lead to more sustainable farming practices. As the robots can work even in harsh environments, and can be trained to pick only ripe vegetables and working around the clock, they could then enable growers to produce less waste while increasing picking efficiency and accuracy dramatically. We believe in the near future, robotics will convert the market from being supply-driven to demand-driven and reduce food waste, consequently contribute to the development of sustainable farming.
In short, collaborative robots provide possibilities for growers facing the challenges of fruit picking efficiency and labor shortage. The progress of automation technology is promoting further development, which will help bring the benefits of Robot Cooperative picking to more growers around the world. Interested in knowing more about how we can assist in your business? Click here to explore more!