IC-Weeder AI

  • FARM MACHINE 2022 in the category "Mechanical Weed Control"
  • Automatic intra-row hoeing machine also for sown crops
  • Single plant recognition based on artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Reliable detection even under unfavourable conditions
  • Active hoeing knifes move between the plants in one row
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive operation

This is how your IC-Weeder AI for sugar beets could look like. It covers 6 rows with a row distance of 45 cm. The intelligent camera steering works with an algorithm based on the principle of “Deep Learning”. The automatic hoeing machine is thus able to distinguish crop and weed independently. It thus ensures reliable removal of weeds even in sown crops and with high weed infestation. 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 guarantee the correct working depth of the knives and via the side shift-frame the machine is steered precisely between the rows.

 

Brochure
Row width minimum 25 cm
Plant distance minimum 20 cm
Working width up to 6 m
Weeding up to 2 cm close to the crop
Multiple cameras covering 60 cm field of vision each
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.

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 Toolbar

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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