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Agricultural Robots

Mechanisms and Practice
by KONDO Naoshi
The history of Japan's agriculture is characterized by efforts to increase production and productivity. At the beginning of the 21st century, both public and private sector research has focused on developing ever-more sophisticated tools to address a wide-range of challenges facing the agricultural industry. An amazing array of automation technologies...

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The history of Japan's agriculture is characterized by efforts to increase production and productivity. At the beginning of the 21st century, both public and private sector research has focused on developing ever-more sophisticated tools to address a wide-range of challenges facing the agricultural industry. An amazing array of automation technologies and robots have been developed in the process, to do everything from tilling fields to picking strawberries, from planting rice seedlings to autonomously weeding the paddies. This richly-illustrated volume surveys the results of these efforts, concisely and plainly presenting specific examples of the latest robotic mechanisms and practices for agricultural applications.

About Authors

KONDO Naoshi

KONDO Naoshi is Professor in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University. He specializes in agricultural process engineering, automation and sensing systems in agricultural production and bioproduction. He completed the master's program at the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, in 1984 and started his career as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Okayama University, progressing to Associate Professor in 1993. He took up his current position at Ehime University in 2006. His research interests include bio-instrumentation, agricultural robots, plants, animals and aqua-cultural products.

Authors
In the order of writing, as at April 2010:
• Naoshi Kondo (Kyoto University)
• Yuichi Ogawa (Kyoto University)
• Osamu Yukumoto (NARO, National Agriculture and Food Research Org- anization)
• Yosuke Matsuo (NARO, BRAIN, Bio-oriented Technology Research Ad- vancement Institution)
• Seiichi Arima (Ehime University)
• Noboru Noguchi (Hokkaido University)
• Tateshi Fujiura (Osaka Prefecture University)
• Mitsuji Monta (Okayama University).

Editors
• Naoshi Kondo1984, MS from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University1985, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University1988, Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University1991, Assistant Professor, The graduate school of Natural Science and Tech- nology, Okayama University1993, Associate Prof. Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University1997, Associate Prof. Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University2000, Manager, Department of Technology Development, Ishii Industry Co., Ltd. 2003, Director, Ishii Industry Co. Ltd. (2004, Name of Ishii Industry Co. Ltd. was changed into SI Seiko Co., Ltd.)2004, Technical Adviser, SI Seiko Co., Ltd.2006, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Ehime University2007, Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
• Mitsuji Monta1988, MS from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Okayama University 1988, Engineer, Kubota Corporation1991, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University 1999, Ph.D from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University 2000, Associate Prof. Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University 2005, Associate Prof. Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University 2006, Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University
• Noboru Noguchi1987, MS from Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University1990, Ph.D. from Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University1990, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University1997, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University 2004, Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University

  

Table of contents


Preface

1 Mechanisms of Agricultural Machinery and Emerging Agri-Robots
1.1 Emerging agri-robots
1.2 Tilling machines
1.3 Fertilizer distributors (manure, powder, granule, and liquid fertilizers)
1.4 Seeders (broadcast, drill, hill-drop)
1.5 Rice transplanters
1.6 Vegetable transplanters
1.7 Cultivators
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Preface

1 Mechanisms of Agricultural Machinery and Emerging Agri-Robots
1.1 Emerging agri-robots
1.2 Tilling machines
1.3 Fertilizer distributors (manure, powder, granule, and liquid fertilizers)
1.4 Seeders (broadcast, drill, hill-drop)
1.5 Rice transplanters
1.6 Vegetable transplanters
1.7 Cultivators
1.8 Chemical sprayers
1.9 Grain harvesters
1.10 Vegetable and fruit harvesters
1.11 Grading and preprocessing machines
1.12 Forage crop harvesters
1.13 Milking machines
1.14 Carriers (power cart, monorail)

2 Agri-Vision
2.1 Underground sensing
2.2 Chrysanthemum cutting sticking
2.3 Carnation and geranium cutting sticking
2.4 Crop space weeding
2.5 Crop row recognition
2.6 External recognition by laser scanner
2.7 Tomato and cherry tomato harvesting
2.8 Cherry tomato and strawberry harvesting
2.9 Eggplant harvesting
2.10 Cucumber harvesting
2.11 Cabbage harvesting
2.12 Orange grading
2.13 Acid citrus grading
2.14 Peach grading
2.15 Pear grading
2.16 Apple grading
2.17 Persimmon grading
2.18 Tropical fruit grading
2.19 Grape cluster grading
2.20 Tomato grading
2.21 Eggplant grading
2.22 Cucumber grading
2.23 Sweet pepper grading
2.24 Potato and onion grading
2.25 Asparagus grading
2.26 Leek preprocessing and grading
2.27 Cabbage preprocessing and large fruit grading
2.28 Chrysanthemum cut flower grading
2.29 Wood inspection
2.30 Animal product, forest product and marine product inspection
and processing
2.31 Cattle monitoring
2.32 Applications of Terahertz imaging
2.33 Applications of Hyperspectral imaging (AOTF)
2.34 Applications of remote sensing

3 End-Effectors and Arms of Agri-Robots
3.1 Seedling transplanting
3.2 Chrysanthemum cutting sticking
3.3 Grafting
3.4 Pruning
3.5 Grape bagging
3.6 Grape berry-thinning
3.7 Grape harvesting
3.8 Orange and apple harvesting
3.9 Strawberry harvesting (annual hill culture)
3.10 Strawberry harvesting (table top culture)
3.11 Tomato harvesting
3.12 Cherry tomato harvesting
3.13 Eggplant harvesting
3.14 Cucumber harvesting and defoliation
3.15 Lettuce harvesting
3.16 Cabbage harvesting
3.17 Watermelon harvesting
3.18 Heavy material handling
3.19 Mushroom harvesting
3.20 Fruit grading
3.21 Binding agricultural products
3.22 Wool shearing
3.23 Milking
3.24 Plant factory
3.25 Processed food handling

4 Vehicle Automation
4.1 Drive-by-wire
4.2 Operation support systems for farm vehicles
4.3 Automatic guidance system – 1 (GDS)
4.4 Automatic guidance system – 2 (GPS)
4.5 Automatic guidance system – 3 (vision)
4.6 Automatic following system
4.7 Management system for multiple combine operation
4.8 Robot tractor
4.9 Tillage robot
4.10 Rice-transplanting robot
4.11 Weeding robot for rice paddy field
4.12 Mobile mechanisms for greenhouse robots
4.13 Chemical spraying robots in greenhouses
4.14 Robots in orchards
4.15 Vision-based autonomous hay harvester
4.16 Lawn mowing robots
4.17 Fertilizing robot for steep slopes
4.18 Monorail systems
4.19 Gantry systems
4.20 Crawler type robot
4.21 Legged robots
4.22 Robot helicopters
4.23 Master-slave system
4.24 Tele-operated robots

Closing remarks
References
Index

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