Now it is official – Robot Makers GmbH and Braun Maschinenbau GmbH together win the Rhineland-Palatinate Innovation Award 2020 in the category “Cooperation”. The prize is awarded for the Vineyard Pilot Assistant implement automation system in combination with the RowCropPilot lane guidance system. Therefore, the renowned prize is awarded to an Intelligent Mobile Machine in the field of Smart Farming that contributes to making viticulture more ecological and sustainable in the future.
This innovative world novelty was created through close cooperation, which resulted from a first service in 2015. The intelligent system records the vines with the help of a powerful environment sensor. The Vineyard Pilot Assistant then positions the implements optimally to the plants. In addition, the RowCropPilot assist lane guidance system takes over the steering of the vehicle in the row. This significantly increases the working speed. As a result, sustainable mechanical soil cultivation becomes a real alternative to the use of chemical herbicides.
“We are very pleased about the honour of the Innovation Award 2020 in the category Cooperation. We have taken up the cause of upgrading proven mobile machines with intelligent functions up to (partial) autonomy. That’s why close and trusting cooperation with the manufacturers is essential. This award proves that, together with our strong partners, we are capable of creating world-class innovations”. Managing Director Dr. Bernd Helge Leroch is delighted about the award.
“We have focused our attention on setting up intelligent functions as quickly and easily as possible on proven mobile machines. To this end, we have designed our processes, tools and also our product portfolio accordingly. We are now in a position to help manufacturers of proven vehicles, implements or other mobile machines to digitalize their machines in the best possible way”. Dr. Carsten Hillenbrand explains the thrust of his company.
The Vineyard Pilot Assistant in combination with the RowCropPilot lane guidance system is already available on the market and can be purchased from Braun Maschinenbau.