Projects Automated Swede Trimming
The cost of so many people undertaking such a mundane job, on at least minimum wage is not insignificant. So there’s a cost that has to be borne.
And then there is the availability of labour – or rather the lack of it. In 2019 it’s getting harder to find the workers who will actually do this work.
So, as the market demand is increasing and the availability of labour is decreasing, the answer is to automate. Fortunately, the technology now exists that enables the automated trimming of swedes using robots equipped with 3D machine vision.
See the video below to see the 3D vision system inspecting the shape of the swede and working out where the cut lines should be placed. The cutting data is then sent to a control system which slices the top and tail off the swedes quickly and accurately. The return on the investment for the farmer is measured in months.