Chrysanthemum Cutting Sticking Robot System
Naoshi Kondo and Mitsuji Monta
Laboratory of Agricultural Systems Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University, 1-1-1, Tsushima-Naka, Okayama 700-8530, Japan
Received:January 25, 1999Accepted:May 6, 1999Published:June 20, 1999
Keywords:chrysanthemum, cutting, bio-production, robot system
Cutting sticking operation is essential on a chrysanthemum production to enhance its productivity. Since it is said that several hundred chrysanthemum seedlings are produced in a year in Japan, it takes a long time and much labor to do the sticking operation and automation of the monotonous operation is desired. A robotic cutting sticking system mainly consisted of four sections; a cutting providing system, a machine vision system, a leaf removing device, and a sticking device. First, a bundle of cuttings was put into a water tank. The cuttings were spread out on the water by vibration of the water tank. The cuttings were picked by a manipulator based on information of cutting positions from a TV camera and sent them one by one to next stage. Secondly, another TV camera detected the position and orientation of the transported cutting and indicated a grasping point in the cutting stem for another manipulator moving. Thirdly, the manipulator moved the cutting to a sticking device through a leaf removing device to cut lower leaves, and then 10 cuttings were stuck into a tray at a time.
Cite this article as:N. Kondo and M. Monta, “Chrysanthemum Cutting Sticking Robot System,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.11 No.3, pp. 220-224, 1999.Data files:
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