IC-Weeder

  • Automatic intra-row hoeing machine for vegetables
  • Single plant recognition due to camera images
  • Active hoeing knifes move between the plants in one row
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive operation

This is how your IC-Weeder for lettuce could look like. It covers 5 rows with a row distance of 28 cm. Underneath the cover are 3 cameras mounted for the single plant recognition. The field of vision is illuminated with LED lights. A compressor provides the pneumatic pressure to move sickle-shaped knifes actively intra-row, so between the plants in one row. The inter-and intra-row tools are mounted on an parallelogram-element to follow the contour easily. The support wheels guarantees the correct working depth of the knifes, and via the side shift-frame the machine is steered precisely between the rows.
Find out all your options to customize your IC-Weeder for your needs:

Brochure
Row width minimum 25 cm
Plant distance minimum 15 cm
Working width up to 6 m
Driving speed up to 3 km/h
Weeding up to 2 cm close to the crop
Multiple cameras covering 75 cm field of vision each
Detection of green hues and the RGB-colour spectrum
Remote service for direct support

Components

Camera

The cameras are covered to avoid shades through natural sunlight. Instead, the field of vision is illuminated with LED-lights, for high quality camera images. The camera makes high resolution pictures in green hues or the RGB-colour spectrum, every camera covers a field of vision of 75 cm. The images are transferred to the job computer and visualized on the terminal.

Job computer

The job computer processes the camera-images to precise steering signals. The crop position is calculated on base of the camera image, the crop size and the expected plant position. This steering signal is transferred to the side-shift frame to correctly follow the rows side warts, and to the active hoeing knifes, which are removing weeds intra-row.

Terminal

With the touch-screen terminal the job computer is controlled. The operation of the IC-Weeder via the terminal is very easy and intuitive, but extra help is accessible via remote service.

Side shift frame

The side shift is based on a parallel steering frame, which transfers the steering signal to correctly follow the rows side-warts. The machine position can be moved hydraulically 15 cm to the left or the right.

Support wheels

The two support-wheels correct the height of the machine hydraulically, and provide the speed-signal to the job computer. They also ensure the side warts stability of the machine.

Compressor

The compressor is PTO-driven and provides the pneumatic cylinders of the sickle shaped intra-row hoeing knifes with sufficient air.

Profile tool bar

For flexible row widths: The elements are clamped to a 80 x 80 mm profile tool bar via robust connections, allowing them to easily moved to cater for various row widths.

Elements

Either three or four toolholders are available on the parallelogram-element for the inter- and the intra-row tools. In the front, a rigid or a vibro holder with an A-blade hoes inter-row, so between the crop rows. Behind that, two intra-row sickle-shaped knifes are mounted, which remove weeds between the plants in one row. In the last position, an air blast cleans the crop from dust and soil, called CropClean. Optional, the weight-pressure of the element to the soil can be decreased by pneumatic cylinders.

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