Our automation technologies are used for the autonomous cultivation of fields or for indoor farming. This refers to agriculture at a vertical level in closed spaces. The future technology is intended to allow sustainable agriculture and mass production of animal and vegetable products in urban spaces.
In automated cucumber harvesting, this harvest robot is to deliver economy, power and reliability in tough weather conditions, detecting ripe cucumbers and picking and depositing them gently with its two gripper arms. Modern control methods give the robot fine tactile sensitivity, helping it adapt to different environmental conditions.
The world's first non-chemical weed control robot for cereal crops, manufactured by agri-tech start-up Small Robot Company, has successfully identified and controlled weeds in a field trial in Hampshire. The wheeled robot uses delta robot arms to position a "zapper" and use "lightning strikes" to kill weeds. The drylin delta robots were selected due to their precision, cost-effective and lubrication-free technology.
AINAC Systems Co. is currently developing an automatic strawberry harvesting system. For this purpose, a simple robot arm is specially developed which can pick strawberries with 3 axes (horizontal, vertical and rotation) without using an expensive articulated arm robot. Lubrication-free igus materials and modular gearboxes from the Apiro gearbox modular system are used for the main part of the robot structure.
Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) was founded in 2013 as an indoor gardening company with the vision of making vertical farming commercially viable by improving productivity, yields, quality and consistency, and greatly reducing costs for electricity and work with the TCEA principle. The IGS systems must work with great precision and as little friction as possible and be easy to maintain. igus drylin linear guide systems fulfil all requirements and ensure reliable operation. One year after installation of lubrication-free components, no noticeable bearing shell wear could be detected upon inspection.
The Langhoff family breeds giant red worms, which are used by anglers, as food worms for animals, for hunting, and as natural fertiliser producers for gardens and greenhouses. For around ten years, father Martin Langhoff, has been developing his own systems to facilitate everyday work for the family business in order to improve the breeding process and make it more effective. Used in water, soil, and dirt robust igus components have become a reliable partner in vertical farming during this process.
This system, which consists of crossbeams and belongs to Living Green Farms, an American producer, irrigates many plants in a vacant 4,000m² warehouse. igus e-chains support work in "Aeroponics" and are outstanding because of their absolute freedom from maintenance.