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Systems engineering of agricultural robot design

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2 Author(s)
Y. Edan ; Dept. of Ind. Eng. & Manage., Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Beer-Sheva ; G. E. Miles

This paper presents a systems engineering method to evaluate the performance of an agricultural robot by simulating and comparing different types of robots, number of arms, multiple arm configurations, workspace design and dynamic characteristics. Numerical simulation tools were developed to quantify measures of machine performance such as cycle time and percentage of successful cycles based on an extensive statistical analysis using measured fruit locations and simulated crop parameters. The methodology developed was applied to determine design parameters for a robotic melon harvester. Simulation results indicated that the Cartesian robot was faster than the cylindrical robot for the melon harvesting task. Activating two arms in tandem was the fastest configuration evaluated

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 8 )