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Sweet Pepper Harvesting Robot

Objective

In modern greenhouses there is a high demand to automate labour. The availability of a skilled workforce that accepts repetitive tasks in harsh greenhouse climate conditions is decreasing rapidly. The resulting increase in labour costs and reduced capacity puts major pressure on the competitiveness of the European greenhouse sector. Present robotization of this labour has entered an high level of technological readiness. However, a gap remains which halts the transition from science to economic and societal impact; the so called ‘Technological Innovation Gap’. In the EU-FP7-project CROPS extensive research has been performed on agricultural robotics. One of the applications was a sweet pepper harvesting robot. It was shown that such a robot is economically and technically viable. The proven hardware and software modules (TRL:6) developed in CROPS will be used as the groundwork. The successful CROPS software modules based on the Robotic-Operating-System (ROS) will be maintained and expanded in SWEEPER. Also the gripper end-effector will be retained. This patent pending module is able to grasp the sweet pepper without the need of an accurate measurement of the position and orientation of the fruit. From the CROPS project, also gained knowledge will directly be put to benefit. In several experiments, it turned out that different growers use different cropping systems ranging in crop density. In SWEEPER, the cropping system itself will be optimized to facilitate robotic harvesting. In CROPS it was concluded that instead of a 9DOF, a 4DOF robot arm is sufficient , greatly reducing costs. To improve the level of robotic cognitive abilities, plant models will be applied to approximate location of sweet peppers. This “model-based vision” will increase and speed up fruit detection. Based on the insights of CROPS, sensors will be placed onto the gripper only. Also a LightField sensor will be introduced which is able to record both colour and 3D information simultaneously.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2014-1

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Net EU contribution
€ 1 287 284,48
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (10)

UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 876 375,00
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
PROEFSTATION VOOR DE GROENTETEELT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 558 386,63
Address
Duffelsesteenweg 101
2860 Sint-katelijne-waver

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Mechelen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
Net EU contribution
€ 565 196,38
Other funding
€ 0,00
IRMATO INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS VEGHEL B.V.

Participation ended

Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 64 026,38
Address
Leeuwenhoeckweg 6
5466 AL Veghel
Region
Noord-Brabant Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 27 439,87
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IRMATO GROUP BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Amentstraat 17
6039 RA Stramproy
Region
Limburg (NL) Midden-Limburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IRMATO ORIENTED HANDLING SYSTEMS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 7 000,00
Address
Leeuwenhoeckweg 6
5466 AL Veghel
Region
Noord-Brabant Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 3 000,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IRMATO INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 288 175,13
Address
Leeuwenhoeckweg 6
5466 AL Veghel
Region
Noord-Brabant Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 123 503,62
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IRMATO ENGINEERING WEERT BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 13 300,00
Address
Amenstraat 17
6039 AA Stramproy
Region
Limburg (NL) Midden-Limburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 5 700,00
DE TUINDERSHOEK BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 105 192,50
Address
Tuindersweg 32
8271PK Ijsselmuiden

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Noord-Overijssel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 45 082,50
B&A AUTOMATION BVBA
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 263 375,00
Address
Hinnenboomstraat 1a
2320 Hoogstraten

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 112 875,00