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The development of an automated system for the cutting and plantingof rose cuttings

Objective



The propagation of roses by cuttings is one of the most applied (propagation) methods. At present the cutting and planting of potroses is a manual process/procedure. The major (technical) limitations are the low productivity and the variations in quality. Moreover, it is a boring job. Therefore, the objective of the intended R&D-project is to develop an autornated s,vstem for the cutting and planting of rose cuttings which has the following specifications: 1) a high productivity (> 7200 cuttings/h), 2) a high and uniform quality, and 3) a short through-put time (reduction of the chance of infection). The proposed system will be composed of a number of innovative techniques, such as a recognition (vision) system, a robotic systern and a handling clip system. Preliminary estimates show that the potential benefits (industrial impact) of such a system are favourable compared to the (development) costs. A prototype will be built which will provided the data for the design of a commercial autornated system for the cutting and planting of rose cuttings. The consortium consists of developers and endusers of the proposed system.

Coordinator

Boomkwekerij Bert Rombouts B.V.
Address
1,De Steenakkers 1
5527 Hapert
Netherlands

Participants (5)

CENTRE FOR CONCEPTS IN MECHATRONICS
Netherlands
Address
24,De Pinckart 24
5674 CC Nuenen
Gartneriet Ove Nielsen A/S
Denmark
Address
74,Ny Verstergade 74
5672 Allested-vejle
Gärtnerei Franz Koster
Germany
Address
98,Tetendonk 98
47929 Grefrath
Nolina Potplantenkwekerij BV
Netherlands
Address
5,Tuindersweg 5
2481 KJ Woubrugge
Te Strake BV
Netherlands
Address
26,H. Van Doorenweg 26
5750 AA Deurne