In 2008, Charles Grinnell and other fellow researchers founded Harvest Automation. Automatizing farming in nurseries and small farm areas, Harvest launched its first product HV-100.
HV-100 is a fully automated robot. It can work alongside humans without the need of any special environmental setups. Notably, it is used to execute material handling tasks throughout the year and in all weather conditions. Furthermore, it can sustain temperature in range of 32˚F to 105˚F making it optimum for working in shivering cold as well as scorching heat. Moreover, easy programming techniques as well as quick setup,makes it a farmer friendly product. HV-100 can perform tasks such as Spacing, Collection and arrangement of pots.
It has a peak output of 240 pots/hour under ideal conditions. A rechargeable battery with run time of 4-6 hours makes it work for a longer time . It has a payload capacity of 22 lbs. with container diameter in between 5’’ to 12.5’’ and height in range of 5.75’’ to 15’’. These dimensions are perfect for setting up the pots of variable shapes and sizes .It comes with WiFi and Ethernet connectivity allowing robot to cover maximum area. They have automated loading and unloading capability making the owners free up tight labor resources for other tasks.
At Metrolina Greenhouses, a formidable task of setting up 40 thousand Poinsettias in 96 hours was up against HV-100. As a matter of fact, with just 4 robots and a supervisor, robots carved their way smoothly to finish line by completing the task in give time frame. Completing this daunting work robots showcased its astounding capabilities. Additionally, these robots are capable of spacing pots in Square or Hex patterns. HV-100’s hex pattern enhanced the space efficiency by 5 to 15% in comparison to the manual labor. (From the case studies presented in https://www.public.harvestai.com/)
Already a great product, future generations of HV-100 may include Sensors and machine learning technologies which would make it more efficient than its predecessor. Even at the current level HV-100 has proven to be a useful with more than 150 of them at work for 30+ customers.