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1. WO2020159371 - DISPOSITIF DE RÉCOLTE ET PROCÉDÉ DE RÉCOLTE DE FRUITS SUSPENDUS À UNE PLANTE

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Claims

1. Harvesting device for harvesting fruit hanging from a plant, comprising:

- a frame displaceable in a transport direction;

- at least one container displaceable relative to the frame in a direction of extension substantially transversely of the transport direction; and

- at least one catcher mounted on the at least one container,

characterized in that the at least one catcher comprises:

- an arm extending substantially in the direction of extension from the container;

- at least one flexible catching element attached to the arm and extending substantially parallel to the transport direction from the arm.

2. Harvesting device according to claim 1 , wherein the at least one flexible catching element is formed by a flexible strip, which is preferably manufactured from optionally synthetic rubber.

3. Harvesting device according to claim 1, wherein the at least one flexible catching element is formed by a number of bristles, which are attached to the arm and extend substantially parallel to the transport direction.

4. Harvesting device according to any one of the claims 1-3, wherein a first flexible catching element extends from the arm substantially in the transport direction and a second flexible catching element extends substantially counter to the transport direction.

5. Harvesting device according to claim 4, wherein the first flexible catching element is attached relative to the second flexible catching element at a non-straight angle in a plane at right angles to a longitudinal direction of the arm.

6. Harvesting device according to claim 5, wherein the at least one catching element extends from the arm in a direction defined as upward in normal use of the harvesting device.

7. Harvesting device according to any one of the claims 4-6, wherein a free end of the first flexible catching element of a determined arm at least almost touches a free end of the second flexible catching element of an adjacent arm.

8. Harvesting device according to any one of the claims 1-6, wherein mutually adjacent catchers at least partially overlap each other.

9. Harvesting device according to any one of the foregoing claims, wherein the arm extends from the container in a direction defined as upward in normal use of the harvesting device.

10. Harvesting device according to at least claim 3, wherein the bristles are connected to the arm at an acute angle, wherein the acute angle is defined between the arm and the bristles attached thereto, on a side of the bristles directed toward the container.

11. Harvesting device according to any one of the foregoing claims, wherein the arm is flexible.

12. Harvesting device according to claim 8 and/or 3, wherein the arm and/or the catching elements, such as the bristles or the strip, are manufactured from a plastic.

13. Harvesting device according to any one of the foregoing claims, provided with at least two containers removed from each other in the direction of extension, wherein the arms of the catchers of the two containers removed from each other in the direction of extension are directed toward each other.

14. Harvesting device according to claim 13, wherein a minimal distance is defined between the at least two displaceable containers in the direction of extension, wherein each arm bridges about half of this minimal distance in the direction of extension.

15. Harvesting device according to claim 13 or 14, wherein the arms of the catchers of the two containers removed from each other in the direction of extension are offset relative to each other as seen in the transport direction.

16. Method for harvesting fruit hanging from a plant, comprising the steps of:

- displacing a harvesting device according to any one of the foregoing claims toward at least one plant in a transport direction;

- displacing the at least one container toward the at least one plant in the direction of extension such that the at least one flexible catching element forms a catching surface at least partially around the at least one plant;

- shaking the at least one plant so that the fruit hanging therefrom falls onto the catching surface, or picking and dropping fruit; and

- collecting the fruit caught by the catching surface.

17. Method according to claim 16, making use of a harvesting device according to claim 13, wherein the at least two containers are displaced toward the plant from opposite sides of the plant.