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1. WO2020087159 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PRUNING OPERATIONS USING AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

Publication Number WO/2020/087159
Publication Date 07.05.2020
International Application No. PCT/CA2019/051525
International Filing Date 29.10.2019
IPC
A01G 3/08 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
3Cutting implements specially adapted for horticultural purposes; Delimbing standing trees
08Other tools for pruning, branching or delimbing standing trees
CPC
A01G 3/0435
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
3Cutting implements specially adapted for horticultural purposes; Delimbing standing trees
04Apparatus for trimming hedges, e.g. hedge shears
0435Machines specially adapted for shaping plants, e.g. topiaries
A01G 3/047
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
3Cutting implements specially adapted for horticultural purposes; Delimbing standing trees
04Apparatus for trimming hedges, e.g. hedge shears
047portable
B25J 11/0055
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
11Manipulators not otherwise provided for
005Manipulators for mechanical processing tasks
0055Cutting
B25J 13/086
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
13Controls for manipulators
08by means of sensing devices, e.g. viewing or touching devices
086Proximity sensors
B25J 5/007
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
5Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
007mounted on wheels
B25J 9/1679
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
9Programme-controlled manipulators
16Programme controls
1679characterised by the tasks executed
Applicants
  • ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS INC. [CA]/[CA]
Inventors
  • BIDRAM, Farhang
  • MEHRABI, Vahid
Agents
  • SMART & BIGGAR LLP
Priority Data
16/510,07012.07.2019US
62/751,86829.10.2018US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PRUNING OPERATIONS USING AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE
(FR) PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL PERMETTANT D'EFFECTUER DES OPÉRATIONS D’ÉLAGAGE À L’AIDE D’UN VÉHICULE AUTONOME
Abstract
(EN)
An autonomous vehicle apparatus and method for performing pruning operations on a plant being cultivated in a container is disclosed. The apparatus includes a wheeled chassis operably configured to autonomously navigate to a location of the container within a workspace. The apparatus also includes a plant support operable to receive and secure the container in an upright condition for rotation about a vertical axis extending generally vertically through the container and the plant. The apparatus further includes a manipulator mounted to the vehicle and operable to grasp and load the container onto the plant support, and a pruning tool mounted on the vehicle and disposed to prune the plant while the container is rotated on the plant support.
(FR)
L'invention concerne un appareil de type véhicule autonome et un procédé permettant d'effectuer des opérations d'élagage sur une plante cultivée dans un récipient. L'appareil comprend un châssis à roues conçu de façon fonctionnelle pour naviguer de manière autonome vers un emplacement du récipient à l'intérieur d'un espace de travail. L'appareil comprend également un support de plante utilisable pour recevoir et fixer le récipient dans un état vertical en vue d'une rotation autour d'un axe vertical s'étendant généralement verticalement à travers le récipient et la plante. L'appareil comprend en outre un manipulateur monté sur le véhicule et actionnable pour saisir et charger le récipient sur le support de plante, et un outil d'élagage monté sur le véhicule et disposé pour élaguer la plante pendant que le récipient est mis en rotation sur le support de plante.
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