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Semi-automated undervine slasher development

Under vine management directly impacts on yield, quality and profitability of any vineyards. Regular slashing program plays a significant role in managing under vine plantation and removing the unwanted matters to protect the vine bases. The domestic industrial capacity in producing under vine slasher although satisfying the traditional needs of Australian viticulture, seems not capable of responding to the recent demands imposed by current transitions in global market.

The current market requires a faster, smarter and more efficient slasher system to deliver a better finish while lowering the associated costs. To fulfil these demands in this project development of a smart slasher, SAS, is targeted to be designed, equipped and prototyped for an Australian domestic automation industry, Task Automation. The newly designed slasher, benefitted from a sensor controlled motion, will deliver a higher precession performance under minimal labour supervision. These capabilities will dramatically minimise the associated labour costs while satisfying the demand for an advanced performance for viticulture.

Project date

1 Dec 2019-30 Sep 2020

Principal investigator

Zanj, Amir

Research organisation

Flinders University

Project led by

Multiple industries
Fruits Other rural industries Wine

Wine Australia

Wine Australia helps foster and encourage profitable, resilient and sustainable Australian winegrape and wine businesses by investing in research and …

Multiple industries
Fruits Other rural industries Wine
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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Focus areas

Industries

Sustainabilities

Technology areas

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