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Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
Multiple technology areas
Harvest technology Robotics
Research project

Assistive technology in shearing: sensing

The project aims to mitigate the risk of injury to the workforce in sheepshearing and improve the process's productivity. Specifically, it intends to (1) optimize and validate a set of wearable sensors that the shearers can wear to inform the users on the state of fatigue (and the risk of injury) of the users and (2) based on objective data, design and construct a motorised ceiling harness with the appropriate intelligence to vary the amount of support provided while allowing the user to move freely. Conventional harnesses are constructed out of springs, which do not allow a shearer to rest upon it when fatigued completely, require the shearer to pull against it when intending to move and are not capable of adapting the amount of support it provides according to the condition of the user.
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    1 Dec 2022 -
    1 Dec 2023

  • Research organisation

    The University of Melbourne

Other rural industries
Multiple technology areas
Automation Data and AI Imagery Processing & packaging Robotics
Research project

Ginger Ninja – Fusarium predictor multi-expert training data collection

This project aims to increase the seed ginger training dataset for improving the performance of the AI-based Fusarium Predictor prototype …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    27 Jul 2022 -
    12 Mar 2023

  • Research organisation

    Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Wine
Robotics
Research project

Robotics-ready AI in Viticulture

The Yield, Yamaha, UTS, Food Agility and Treasury Wine Estates have partnered to explore the opportunities presented by combining robotics, micro-climate weather services and artificial intelligence (AI) for wine grape production. This project will test the ability for field robots to observe vine growth and vine health to feed into The Yield’s Digital Playbook and AI predictions of wine grape tonnage and other harvest features throughout each growing season.
  • Funded by

    Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Food Agility CRC)

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2022 -
    28 Jun 2024

  • Research organisation

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Forestry
Multiple technology areas
Automation Crop protection Robotics
Research project

A feasibility study of a commercially available remote-controlled and high-rate tree pruning unit to create fuel modified zones in softwood plantations

This project will fund a feasibility study of a commercially available, remote-controlled tree pruning unit to evaluate whether the technology can reduce fuel zones and subsequent fire risk on P. radiata plantation edges.
  • Funded by

    Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA)

  • Project date

    30 Mar 2022 -
    30 Jun 2024

  • Research organisation

    Sylva Systems Pty Ltd

Wine
Multiple technology areas
Automation Robotics
Research project

Assessing the practicality of the robot platforms from SwarmFarm Robotics

This project will explore the use of robots to perform vineyard tasks in the Coonawarra region of South Australia, and work with STEM graduates to attract a new labour force to manage this equipment and alleviate the challenges of an ageing human workforce.
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    1 Jan 2022 -
    30 Jun 2025

  • Research organisation

    Treasury Wine Estates

Fruits
Multiple technology areas
Automation Harvest technology Robotics
Research project

Study to review automation of banana de-handing

This project is examining whether it is feasible to automate de-handing of bananas. The research team will conduct a time and motion study of banana processing in an operational processing facility and produce a feasibility report into the challenges and immediate opportunities around integrating robotics into de-handing.
  • Funded by

    Hort Innovation

  • Project date

    2 Dec 2021 -
    30 Apr 2022

  • Research organisation

    ARM Hub (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub)

Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation Processing & packaging Robotics
Research project

Calibration and accreditation of the SOMA device to measure IMF in sheepmeat

Soma Optics, Ltd is a Japanese supplier of near infrared technologies to assess meat quality characteristics in livestock. This project will support the final calibration of three SOMA devices to predict intramuscular fat (IMF) in Australian sheepmeat, which is an indicator of eating quality.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    30 Oct 2021 -
    29 Dec 2023

  • Research organisations

    FHK FUJIHIRA INDUSTRY CO., LTD

Beef cattle
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation Robotics
Research project

Regulatory requirements and risk assessment framework for use of automated vehicles in feedlots

The use of autonomous or driverless vehicles in feedlots is a new and emerging field. This project will engage the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to develop an appropriate risk assessment framework for the incorporation of these technologies into the operation of feedlots.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Oct 2021 -
    15 Apr 2023

  • Research organisation

    ARRB Group Ltd

Sugar
Multiple technology areas
Automation Food processing technology Processing & packaging Robotics
Research project

Use of a purge sensor to improve performance and reduce the need for supervision of batch centrifugals

Batch centrifugals that operate like a spinning washing machine are used widely to separate raw sugar crystals from the mother molasses. This project will trial a Danish-made sensor to show when and how long to add wash water to the batch centrifugal, to purify the raw sugar crystals - a job that is usually done by a worker at the sugar mill.
  • Funded by

    Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

  • Project date

    15 Sep 2021 -
    30 Jul 2022

  • Research organisation

    Bundaberg Sugar

Beef cattle
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation Robotics
Research project

uSuckled: Detection of maternal behaviours associatd with suckling in beef cattle

The detection of suckling is a good indicator of wellbeing, as a newborn calf must be able to stand, seek out the udder and attach to the teats of his mother. This project aims to use remote monitoring devices such as GPS trackers attached to cows to find out if a calf has been born, whether it was born alive and if it suckled normally or not. This would provide insights into the key drivers of production of commercial beef herds in northern Australia.
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    20 Jul 2021 -
    14 Sep 2023

  • Research organisation

    Department of Industry Tourism and Trade (DITT) [NT]

Fruits
Multiple technology areas
Robotics Traceability
Research project

Victorian Strawberry Growers Association -Ag Tech Workshops & Adoption Strategy

The Victorian Strawberry Growers Association (VSGA) has identified four key farm operational areas that would benefit from utilising digital technology. …
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    31 May 2021 -
    31 May 2022

  • Research organisation

    Victorian Strawberry Growers Association Inc

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Automation Processing & packaging Robotics
Research project

Remote Operations - Shadow Robots

A shadow robot is able to precisely mimic human actions, meaning it is ideally suited to tasks where human dexterity …
  • Funded by

    Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)

  • Project date

    18 Mar 2021 -
    24 May 2021

Fruits
Multiple technology areas
Input management Robotics
Research project

Advancing apple orchard systems

This project will develop “smarter” apple orchards to improve apple quality and maximise apple yield whilst increasing labour efficiency. The …
  • Funded by

    Hort Innovation

  • Project date

    26 Jun 2020 -
    31 Jul 2023

  • Research organisation

    Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions (DJPR) [Vic]

Fruits
Multiple technology areas
Harvest technology Imagery Machinery & hardware Plant science Robotics
Research project

Sensors for Summerfruit Exports

Developing innovative new real-time sensors to assess fruit quality to meet summerfruit export requirements for the Chinese market.
  • Funded by

    Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Food Agility CRC)

  • Project date

    31 May 2020 -
    30 Oct 2022

  • Research organisation

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)

Wool
Multiple technology areas
Automation Robotics
Research project

Efficiency and Automation in Wool Harvesting

Labour is a significant cost in shearing, classing and wool handling. There are many activites in the wool zones where …
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    1 Jan 2020 -
    30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Wool
Multiple technology areas
Automation Robotics
Research project

Development of a Smart Shearing Handpiece

Shearing handpieces have remained relatively unchanged since mechanisation. This investment will examine the opportunity to design smarter handpieces that incorporate …
  • Funded by

    Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

  • Project date

    18 Nov 2019 -
    30 Jun 2020

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Automation Food processing technology Machinery & hardware Robotics
Research project

Robotic Removal of Button Bone and Flat Bone after Striploin Chine Bone Removal – Stage 1 Practical Feasibility

This first stage feasibility is to examine the following: - Method of locating and fixation of a striploin primal for …
  • Funded by

    Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)

  • Project date

    12 Jul 2019 -
    2 Dec 2019

Aquaculture
Multiple technology areas
E-commerce & market platforms Fisheries technology Imagery Robotics Traceability
Research project

Seafood tracking and traceability

This Food Agility project will track fish from bait to plate. It harnesses a range of technologies to verify fish origin and quality and to support an online trading system for Sydney Fish Market.
  • Funded by

    Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Food Agility CRC)

  • Project date

    1 Mar 2019 -
    31 Jul 2020

  • Research organisation

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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