Autonomous vineyard crawler will be discussed in the cvc-news

The autonomous vineyard crawler of the Robot Makers GmbH will be discussed in the current issue of the newsletter of the Commercial Vehicle Cluster Southwest, the so called cvc-news 01/2017. The task that has been implemented in this project, fits perfectly with the newly selected focus of the innovative commercial vehicle cluster – “Automated Commercial Vehicles for the Off-Road-Sector”.

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Driverless Vineyard Crawler is presented at the Agrartage Nieder-Olm

From 25th to 27th January 2017, our partner Niko Maschinenbau will present the driverless vineyard crawler to the visitors at the machine exhibition of the Agrartage Nieder-Olm. For the first time, the machine itself will be represented on the booth of our partner in Hall C, Stand 024. Robot Motors GmbH and Niko Maschinenbau would be really happy to welcome you there.

Thanks to the technology of the Robot Makers GmbH, this crawler vehicle is able to complete various care tasks in the vineyard completely autonomously. In contrast to other systems on the market, the machine doesn’t use the high-precision RTK-GPS. Most of the data used for navigation is provided by the “eyes” of the vehicle, so-called ambient environment sensors. In addition to independently running the rows in wine and fruit cultivation, the vehicle is also able to turn independently at the row exit and enter the next row. This allows complete plantations to be processed autonomously.

By eliminating the necessity of the highly accurate RTK-GPS signal, the system achieves greater robustness against signal fluctuations caused by shading (e.g. because of trees or precipices) and weather phenomena. In addition, the position offset arising by the slippage of the crawler while the transposition maneuver can be counterbalanced. This offset forces today’s systems, which are based on precisely predefined tracks, to come to a standstill.

Intervitis, Interfructa, Hortitechnica: Future technologies in viticulture and pomiculture

From 27 to 30 November, the Intervitis, Interfructa, Hortitechnica, a major trade fair for wine, juice and special cultures took place on the grounds of the Landesmesse Stuttgart. In addition to the latest developments in cultivation and harvesting technology, innovations in the areas of handling, process control, marketing and architecture were also presented. Therefore, a good overview above the entire process chain from cultivation to marketing was provided. Members of Robot Makers GmbH were also on the road during the four exhibition days, both as exhibitors and visitors.

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NIKO Maschinenbau and Robot Makers GmbH present forward-looking technology

In the course of Intervitis, Interfructa, Hortitechnica, our partner NIKO Maschinenbau is presenting a vineyard crawler, which is able to complete several tasks independently. In contrast to other systems on the market, the machine doesn’t use the high-precision RTK-GPS. Most of the data used for navigation is provided by the “eyes” of the vehicle, so-called ambient environmental sensors. In addition to independently running the rows in wine and fruit cultivation, the vehicle is also able to turn independently at the row exit and enter the next row. This allows complete plantations to be processed autonomously.

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Appraisal of our manager Mr. Leroch

In the context of the Citizens’ Party of the community of Hochspeyer Dr. Bernd-Helge Leroch was honored for beeing the successful manager of the Robot Makers GmbH and for achieving the “Zukunftspreis Pfalz 2015”. On this annual festival, local clubs, entrepreneurs and communal facilities give a review about their work and present their offerings. New citizens are thus easily integrated and are able to socialize to others.

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First participation on the B2RUN-Corporate Challenge in Kaiserslautern

On Wednesday, the 15th of June 2016, five runners of the Robot Makers GmbH started, to master the 6 km-trail of the B2RUN-Corporate Challenge, through the city center of Kaiserslautern. After it rained all day, the sun gained back her dominance exact when the first group started and provided the more than 6000 participants with perfect weather for the run.

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BiSS-to-EtherCAT-Gateway presented on the SENSOR+TEST 2016

From 10th to 12th of May we presented our BiSS-to-EtherCAT-Gateway on the measurement fair SENSOR+TEST 2016 in Nuremberg. The Gateway, that is based upon our Modular Control System, establishes a connection between the powerful and digital sensor-actuator-bus-system BiSS-Interface and the real-time-capable fieldbus-system EtherCAT and therefore enables the possibility to use advanced sensors with the digital BiSS-Interface in various closed loop controls.

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SENSOR + TEST 2016 is coming soon

After our successful debut at the SENSOR+TEST last year, the Robot Makers GmbH also takes part at the Measurement Fair in Nuremberg this year. From 09 to 12 May 2016 the possibilities of the electronic series Modular Control System are shown together with the central control- and evaluation-unit Generic Control Box and the software framework Finroc®, in a scenario of modern measurement technology. As a special innovation, our BiSS-to-EtherCAT-Gateway is presented, that connects the both powerful bus systems, BiSS-Interface and EtherCAT.

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