GRoW (Greenhouse Robotic Worker) is a multipurpose robotic system for labor-intensive tasks in greenhouses. GRoW‘s first application is selective robotic harvesting of greenhouse tomatoes. GRoW is designed for simple operation and smooth integration into existing greenhouse infrastructure and practices. GRoW easily adapts to perform a range of greenhouse tasks, including harvesting of additional vegetables, pruning, monitoring, pollinating, and more. METOMOTION estimates a reduction of up to 50% in harvest-related labor costs, with a predicted ROI in under three years for the grower.
- Fully automated
- Multipurpose platform
- Seamless imtegrationn
- 50% cost
GRoW incorporates state-of-the-art robotics and automation technology:
- Advanced 3D vision system and machine vision algorithms to identify and locate the ripe fruits.
- Multiple, custom designed, robotic arms.
- Proprietary harvesting end-effector for robust damage free harvesting.
- Autonomous vehicle designed for seamless integration with existing infrastructure.
- Onboard boxing system.
The vegetable greenhouse production sector is highly labor intensive. The total world greenhouse vegetable production area is over 460 thousand hectares (1.15 million acres).
The use of greenhouses to grow vegetables is expanding to meet the increasing demand for quality produce year-round.
Labor costs in greenhouses comprise 30% to 50% of total greenhouses production costs.
With rising labor costs and difficulties in finding and retaining qualified workers, growers are looking to technology to reduce costs and improve production efficiency.
Future applications and other vegetables offer tremendous additional potential
- Additional greenhouses
- Additional tasks
- Additional crops
- Data analytics