Lane Guidance System RowCropPilot assist (RCP-Steering)

Source: Südwestrundfunk, SWR Aktuell

Application

Every single row of a vineyard must be driven through between 20 and 30 times a year. A lane guidance system can relieve the driver considerably. For these reasons, such solutions are widely used in classical arable farming and can be found on almost every tractor. However, the requirements for a lane guidance system in viticulture or fruit growing are very different from those in arable farming.

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Implement Automation Vineyard Pilot Assistant (VPA-Control)

Application

Chemical herbicides such as glyphosate are currently the subject of heated debate. Therefore, alternative methods, such as ecological mechanical soil cultivation in the special crop sector, are increasingly coming into focus. However, this takes up more time for the farmer. This is because it has to be carried out more frequently. In addition, the driving speed is not as high as with the application of herbicides, since the attachments had to be manually aligned to the stick by the driver until now.

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Mecanum-Kinematics and Teach&Repeat-Technology for Stage Wagon mecanum drive

To realize innovative show concepts, heavy stage structures and stage prop needs to be moved reliably and precisely upon the stage. A few years ago these kind of transformations had to be done while the curtain is closed, because many staff members were needed. With the help of the stage wagon built by Gross Funk GmbH, it became possible to perfom transformations while the curtain is opened and with the help of the Teach&Playback-Technology, with a high repeat accuracy, too. This concept was further improved and therefore equipped with a mecanum-drive to enable maneuvrability in an other dimension.

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Base control of the modular plantation robot elWObot

Technologies in the field of mobile machinery are advancing rapidly. Today there are already different systems, that help to simplify the use of such machines and make it more secure and efficient. And this is really necessary to meet the high requirements on the quality of work, with the simultaneously predominant pressure of time. In agriculture, for example, you will find assistance systems, that take over the steering of the vehicles with help of GPS and therefore help the driver to concentrate on the work of the implement. A long-term goal is also to develop vehicles that are able to do their work all autonomously. Efforts of this kind are described by the term “mobile automation”. Because there is also a big demand for similar systems in the field of pomiculture and viniculture the chair Agricultural System Technology of Technical University Dresden, the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück and the University of Applied Sciences Geisenheim are developing the autonomous plantation robot elWObot with electric drives. In this project, the Robot Makers GmbH is responsible for the base control of the robot.

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