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Robotics in agriculture

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It’s no wonder that more and more agricultural robotics applications are emerging, including biomorphic drones that model bee behaviour. Robots and drones can have a big impact on agricultural efficiency. From drones that monitor and analyse crops to automated tractors capable of seeding, fertilising and harvesting, developments in agricultural robots all mean that human labour can now be used for often more complex tasks.

These applications require precise operation to increase the efficiency of systems. Drone cameras need smooth tilt and pan movements to produce accurate and usable images to assist them. FAULHABER iron-less rotor DC motors are widely used in motion camera applications, including defense reconnaissance and filming for film or television, because they allow precise, toothless motion to capture vital information.

This is why cameras for agricultural drones and other agricultural surveillance systems are a natural extension of this motor type. Although drones can be seen as recreational toys, their ability to autonomously cover and monitor large areas in a small amount of time while consuming less fuel is extremely beneficial in reducing operating costs.

In fact, some rural farms in China are already using heavy-duty industrial drones to irrigate crops in hard-to-reach areas. The method is proving to be more fuel-efficient than transporting workers, and computer-controlled sprayers waste fewer resources.

So whether on production lines, in surgical operating theatres or in vast agricultural fields, robotic applications are providing innovative and reliable ways of working for all concerned.

Form: https://www.roboticstomorrow.com/story/2020/07/trends-in-robotics-cobots-agribots-and-medical-robots-/15535/