Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SSR (Smart Shoot Remover)
Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2018-09-30
The SSR tool is a cost-effective tool that helps to remove green shoots in vineyards and fruit trees. With the use of SSR for doing shoot removal there is a potential to reduce operational costs of more than 60€ per hour, as well the emissions of CO2 that the machinery produces. SSR means not just money save but also time and possible injuries due to bad practices. Also, the price per unit is hugely lower than the price of its direct competitors.
To protect the intellectual property of SSR we applied for an utility model in Spain and Chile, both of them granted. The application for European Patent was not possible but SSR is also granted with an utility model in Germany that ensures the possibility of the product to be marketed in that country.
There is already a plan for industrialization of SSR in the upcoming years that consists, from the technical point of view, in an improvement of materials, changing the different parts to make the tool lighter, durable and stronger; addition of new parts as handgrip and rollers for easier use and less damage for the plant; adaptation to other crops and to crops with protectors against animals. From the business point of view we have planned to participate in fairs in different countries, invest in marketing and advertising and detail plans to reach German, Italian, USA and Chilean markets.
SSR will also change the way of working in the field. For the shoot removal there is a need of two people doing the job, one driving the tractor with the adapter and a second one removing by hand the left shoots that the machine could not reach. With SSR one person can easily do the complete removal faster and with less effort.