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Contact: Peter Dunn
p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk
247-652-3708
University of Warwick

Robots and inflatable conveyor belts set to slash farm labour costs

Applied robotics research is leading to new applications in agriculture

Robots are on the march again into the last bastion of labour intensive industry - farming and horticulture. Research engineers and horticulture specialists at the University of Warwick are working together to devise a suite of robots and automated systems which could transform farming and horticulture over the next decade.

The researchers from the University of Warwick's horticultural arm, Warwick HRI, and its manufacturing engineering section, Warwick Manufacturing Group, are working on a number of robotics and automation products that will vastly reduce the labour costs of farmers and growers. Those projects include:

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