A remotely controlled bin-dog for transferring bins in orchard environments

Yunxiang Ye, Long He, Jianfeng Zhou, Qin Zhang, Karen Lewis

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Abstract

A robotic solution for handling bins in orchards has been designed and fabricated, proving the practicality of a robotic in-orchard bin handling concept for fruit harvest. The tested functionalities of this conceptual bin-dog include: (1) to transport an empty bin to the harvest area, (2) to traverse an empty bin over a full bin in an orchard row, and (3) remove a full bin from the harvest area. All of these functions were controlled remotely by a joystick controller. The remote controller was constructed using microcontrollers and wireless modules, which allowed the operator to adjust the speed of the driven wheels and the bin-loading gear remotely. To evaluate the functionality of the bin-dog prototype, the system was tested in two separated working conditions: on paved road (solid ground) and in an apple orchard (soft ground). Results showed that this remote controlled bin-dog system can successfully accomplish the designated functionalities. The bin transferring procedure was completed at an average of 211 son paved-road solid ground and 187 s in orchard environment when the full bin was 15 m away from the start point. The orchard tests verified that the proposed conceptual bin-dog system can be used to transport bins in an orchard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages2531-2539
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781627486651
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013 - Kansas City, MO, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2013Jul 24 2013

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013
Volume3

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City, MO
Period7/21/137/24/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Bioengineering

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    Ye, Y., He, L., Zhou, J., Zhang, Q., & Lewis, K. (2013). A remotely controlled bin-dog for transferring bins in orchard environments. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013 (pp. 2531-2539). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013; Vol. 3). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.