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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 labour efficiencies can be made.

This investment uses modern sensors, industrial controls and engineering developments to design, build, and test components of a semi-autonomous wool handling system from the classing table through to baling including:

  • Automated inspection for fleece contamination

  • Automated skirting

  • Optical inspection for automatic wool classification

  • Automated sorting and baling

Project date

1 Jan 2020-30 Jun 2022

Principal investigator

Robert Fitch

Project funded by

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)

Australian Wool Innovation is a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian …

Multiple industries
Sheep & lamb Wool
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  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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