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Weeding

Automated Weed Control For Better Environmental Protection

Advantages of our solutions:

  • Selective treatment of weeds with less or even without herbicides
  • Reduced workload in comparison to manual weed control
  • Less pollution, reduced environmental impact

Conventional weed control is undergoing a revolution towards sustainability. We are contributing to shape the future.

    Weeds are competing with the plants for the essential resources (light, water, nutrients in the soil). Hence weed control becomes necessary, either by means of plant protection products or mechanical treatment.

    Herbicides

  • are more and more regulated, approvals expire, and the stock of approved and effective chemicals is reducing.
  • do not always achieve the intended result due to herbicide resistances.
  • have the inherent risk to pollute food and waters.

Potential implications:

  • Loss of yield
  • Costs for manual treatment increase
  • Arable land becomes infertile for several years
  • Works need to be applied multiple times in order to achieve the same result

Our weeding system in use

Vision based, mechanical weed control

BoniRob equipped with stamping actuator

Technology blocks

  • Detection and classification (differentiation between plants and weeds)

  • Mechanical stamping actuator

  • Pneumatic stamping actuators

  • Design study for weeding robot

  • Weeding robot on the field

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