European agri food sector sets 16 million euros robotics project

July 11, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Starting June 2019, agROBOfood is a 16 million EU project aiming to build the European ecosystem for the effective adoption of robotics technologies in the European agri food sector.

The project ought to accelerate the digital transformation to make the European agri food sector more efficient and competitive, in effect maximising the return of EU investment in agri food robotics and advance Europe to become the vanguard in providing safe and adequate food in a sustainable way.

The heart of the project is formed by Innovation Experiments, organized and monitored by Digital Innovation Hubs. In 7 Regional Clusters, initial experiments will demonstrate robotic innovations in agri food in a manner that ensures replicability and wide adoption across Europe.

As part of the agROBOfood project, to protect people from working in subzero temperatures, a mixed palletiser demonstrator robot will be built that can work in a freezer room. Another example will be to harvest fruit automatically, on time and with less manpower. This results in lower production and resource costs, whilst solving the labour shortage problem. Furthermore a demonstrator for cucumbers will be built which can judge the maturity and pick & handle fruits in a greenhouse.

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