A horticultural revolution is taking place, one that promises a future where fruits and vegetables are packed and processed with exceptional efficiency while conserving resources. This is an area of our industry that Transplant Systems has been watching closely, to better meet the evolving needs of their clients and to be at the forefront of our increasingly technology-driven industry.
A leader in this transformation is Dutch group Crux Agribotics, a visionary company that combines cutting-edge technologies including robotics, computer vision, data analytics, and AI to reshape traditional horticulture processes.
One of the key strengths of Crux Agribotics is their use of robotics. The company has developed a range of robots equipped with the latest technology to automate labor-intensive tasks in fruit and vegetable processing. These robots can weigh, sort, package and inspect produce with a high level of precision. This not only reduces the reliance on manual labor but also minimises the risk of human error.
The integration of computer vision technology is a game-changer for Crux Agribotics. These machines have the ability to ‘see’ and ‘understand’ produce, allowing for precise sorting and quality control. Using high-resolution cameras, artificial intelligence and learning algorithms, the robots can identify defects, diseases and ripeness levels, ensuring only the finest fruits and vegetables make it to the market.
In addition to robotics and computer vision, data plays a crucial role in Crux’s innovative approach. The company collects vast amounts of data from its operations, creating a goldmine of insights that drive continuous improvement. These data-driven decisions optimise the entire nursery automation process, from planting and harvesting to packaging and distribution. By harnessing the power of data analytics, Crux Agribotics ensures that resources are allocated more efficiently, ultimately leading to higher yields and lower environmental impact.
Artificial intelligence (AI) serves to orchestrate all these elements seamlessly. AI algorithms manage the robots’ movements, optimise sorting processes, and make real-time decisions based on data from computer vision systems. This integration of AI results in a level of automation and intelligence that significantly increases the productivity of the entire operation.
Crux Agribotics’ commitment to revolutionising the horticultural industry aligns seamlessly with Transplant Systems’ values. Our partnership represents a promising step forward in the journey towards a future where nursery’s are not only more efficient but also more environmentally conscious and safer for consumers.
Originally published in Good Fruit & Vegetables, October 2023, Vol. 34, No.4
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