Kaiserslautern becomes 5G model region

The budget committee of the German Bundestag announced last Wednesday that Kaiserslautern is now one of six model regions for the new mobile radio standard 5G in Germany. The city had applied with a concept under the title “5G for city, country and work”. Thus, the contract for the immediate start of the project was awarded.

Robot Makers GmbH is also participating in the project “Highly reliable and real-time capable networking for highly automated agricultural and construction machinery (AMMCOA – Autonomous Mobile Machine Communication for Off-Road Applications)” in the research and testing of this pioneering standard. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Autonomous driving in RLP – Symposium in Mainz

At the symposium “Autonomous Driving” last Monday, 17.06.2019, in Mainz, the focus was on the challenges to be expected in the future, especially in the area of connected and automated driving, and the solutions of the Rhineland-Palatinate economy on these topics. The interesting lecture programme was complemented by a top-class exhibition with many live presentations on the current state of development. We also presented our service portfolio in the field of intelligent mobile machines to interested trade visitors.

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Agrartage 2019: Great interest in automation solutions

As in previous years, we were again present at the machine exhibition of the Agrartage Rheinhessen in Nieder-Olm from 23 to 25 January 2019. The focus of our booth was on our technology portfolio for the winegrowing and fruit growing sector, which offers solutions for the areas of implement automation, anticipatory track guidance and autonomous driving in special crops.

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Rheinhessen Agricultural Days just around the corner

Next week the Rheinhessen Agricultural Days will take place in Nieder-Olm. The starting signal for the interesting lecture and discussion program is already on Monday, 21.01.2019, at 14.00 hours, with the “Tag der Rheinhessischen Landfrauen”. The machinery exhibition will then start on Wednesday, 23.01.2019. Until Friday, 25.01.2019, more than 400 exhibitors will present their products and services in the field of viticulture and fruit growing. Robot Makers GmbH will again be represented with its own booth (C004) to present the latest developments in mobile automation in this area of application.

Automation solutions for viticulture: lane guidance, automation of implements, autonomous driving

In the past years Robot Makers GmbH has built up a complete technology portfolio for the realization of the future topics of viticulture and fruit growing. Automatic lane guidance, the automation of implements and autonomous driving play an outstanding role in this context. Robot Makers GmbH offers a suitable development platform for these key technologies. This allows proven machines to be equipped with the necessary intelligence. This makes it possible to implement assistance systems through to (semi) autonomous systems that relieve the operator of his daily work and at the same time increase safety and efficiency. At the booth of Robot Makers GmbH in tent C, the RowCropPilot will focus on autonomous driving in wine and fruit growing. This means that certain maintenance work can already be carried out today without the intervention of an operator. However, the RowCropPilot is also suitable for implementing predictive guidance for wine-growing tractors. This can significantly reduce the strain on the driver.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019!

Also at the end of this year we would like to thank you for your interest in our company and your cooperation in a spirit of partnership. Together with our partners, we were again able to implement many exciting projects in the field of mobile automation and realize great intelligent mobile machines. On behalf of the entire Robot Makers GmbH team we wish you, your colleagues and families a blessed Christmas and a good start into the new year.

The Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica is just around the corner

INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA will open its doors next Sunday. The international technology trade fair for producers, processors and marketers of wine, fruit juice and special crops will present the latest trends and innovations in the key areas of cultivation and harvesting technology, filling and packaging technology, processing and process control as well as organisation and marketing on more than 50,000 m². From 04.11. to 06.11. visitors can get an excellent overview of the entire process chain in Halls 4, 6, 8 and 10 at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre.

Of course Robot Makers GmbH also uses this platform to present the RowCropPilot to a broad specialist audience during the robot demonstration. The RowCropPilot is an autonomy kit, which can be used on different vehicles. It enables the (partially) autonomous performance of recurring maintenance tasks in the field of viticulture and fruit growing as well as in tree nurseries. In addition to the robot demonstration, we will also be represented with a small booth at the fair to discuss further optimization potentials for the system in direct contact with the users.

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Demonstration at the SICK Global Mobile Automation Meeting 2018

As part of this year’s SICK Global Mobile Automation Meeting 2018, we presented our high-performance control technology and our strengths in environment recognition using the RowCropPilot autonomy kit as an example. The event took place between 26 September and 28 September in Freiburg (Breisgau). The RowCropPilot is an innovative control system for the automation of recurring maintenance tasks in special crops such as viticulture, fruit growing or tree nurseries. The control system was presented in a real application scenario in viticulture. The basic vehicle used was an electrically driven tracked vehicle of type Aebi EC130, that was able to carry out the mulching work in the vineyard independently by retrofitting the RowCropPilot.

Group photo RobotMakers – Mobile Automation Meeting 2018 (Source: SICK AG)