The tomatoes are still hanging on the plant and you want to know when is the best time to start harvesting. It takes you a great deal of time to walk through the paths and count the tomatoes while assessing them for maturity. Moreover, both during cultivation and with the harvest, you want to be sure of enough of the desired quality for sale. In short, you want to eliminate unreliable forecasts that provide corrective, cost-increasing interventions and that are in the way of providing a healthy product at the right price. That is what the Plantalyzer is for!
The Plantalyzer® is a unique tool for an accurate crop estimate. It was developed in close collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (UR) and Letsgrow.com. The Plantalyzer® is powered by Berg Hortimotive en Royal Brinkman.
The Plantalyzer® is a unique combination of autonomous robot, vision which counts and classifies tomatoes on the plant, and intelligent forecasting software. The result is reliable information for the most accurate crop estimate. You optimise the process between supply and demand, thereby reducing your food waste in the chain and you achieve even better customer satisfaction.
Using a pipe rail system
The Plantalyzer® is fitted with the Greenhouse Positioning System allowing you to use the BergDrive to move the robot fully autonomously through the greenhouse. The system automatically drives onto the pipe rail from the concrete path, and moves itself from path to path. So there is no need to install any new facilities. Measurements can also run at night, and therefore do not need to disrupt other activities.
Vision provides a clear picture
The Plantalyzer® is photographs the bottom two to three, leaf-free, hanging trusses of fruit on the plant. The system maps the clusters, the number of fruits per truss and the colour of each fruit. These are subsequently assessed locally and classified with special software. The robot only assesses the fruit in the path where it runs. That gives insight into numbers with the additional bonus of information on the colour stages. This is the basis for a good crop estimate.
Constant crop estimate
The Plantalyzer® has a constant prediction level, and therefore has no human deviations. By linking the plant data to the algorithms integrated by LetsGrow, you get accurate control information of the harvest. So as a grower, you know exactly when and how many tomatoes you can harvest to meet your marketing agreements.
Plantalyzer® is a registered trademark of HortiKey International B.V.