A robotic platform "bin-dog" for bin management in orchard environment

Yunxiang Ye, Long He, Qin Zhang

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Abstract

Bin management is an important task in tree fruit harvesting at the Pacific Northwest (PNW) region of United States. Typically, bin management is performed by a human driver using either a tractor-mounted forklift. To simplify the traditional bin management process and improve its efficiency, this reported research created and validated a conceptual robotic "bin-dog" system which uses a "go-over-the-bin" feature and four-wheel-independent steering system to deliver an empty bin overpass a full bin laid in the aisle between two tree rows to the picking zone, then remove the full bin out the aisle when drive back the end of the field autonomously. In this study, a proof-of-concept "bin-dog" prototype was designed, fabricated and tested using GPS-based navigation system in commercial orchard environment for assessing its capability of achieving the proposed functionalities. Field tests conducted in a commercial apple orchard verified that the developed prototype could complete a simplified bin managing cycle through steering into an aisle, driving alone the aisle, loading a bin laid at 60 m into the aisle and leaving the aisle automatically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, ASABE 2016
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9781510828759
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 20 2016

Publication series

Name2016 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, ASABE 2016

Other

Other2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period7/17/167/20/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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    Ye, Y., He, L., & Zhang, Q. (2016). A robotic platform "bin-dog" for bin management in orchard environment. In 2016 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, ASABE 2016 (2016 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, ASABE 2016). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. https://doi.org/10.13031/aim.20162462088