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Automated systems speed up post harvest vegetable processing

14 September 2020

Scorpion Vision has developed a number of robot systems to meet the growing demand in the farming industry to process fruits and vegetables as soon as they are harvested. 

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These automated systems are designed to cut and trim produce for packaging at much faster speeds than human agricultural workers and with much greater accuracy.
Systems have been developed for trimming swedes, leeks and sprouts to date, but they can be extended to other produce. They use AI augmented 3D machine vision to recognise, locate and accurately measure the area of the vegetable to be removed by the robot, taking all human subjectivity out of the process. A robot system can cut multiple products in less than a second, far exceeding the speeds that a human operator can achieve. The level of speed and accuracy provided by these systems reduces costs, improves the processing quality by making sure that none of the vegetable is wasted and improves operating margins. 

The cutting and trimming process is labour intensive and has traditionally been carried out by seasonal agricultural workers, often in difficult conditions and carries an increased risk of industrial injury due to the use of sharp knives. The automated solution can operate safely, and at speed, 24/7 if required.

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