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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 319: International Symposium on Transplant Production Systems

THE STUDY OF THE GRAFTING ROBOT

Authors:   A. Onoda, K. Kobayashi, M. Suzuki
Abstract:
With the object of doing mechanical grafting of cucurbitaceous vegetables, the first grafting robot was manufactured in 1987. It proved the possibility of mechanical grafting. On this bases, with the intention to make its performance stable and practical, a second robot (G892) was developed in 1989. G892 consists of the following functional components; feeding wheels, gripping hands, conveying wheels, cutters, fixing clipper, discharge hand, programable controller and power supply. One cycle time from feeding nursery plants to releasing a grafted nursery plant requires about 3 seconds. Results of some cucumber grafting tests; successful grafting rate of 98% and after acclimation, a successful agglutination rate of 95%.
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