Robotic Activities

The Fieldwork of AKINSOFT Agriculture Robot “AS-PNCR-2” Performed

Model : Agricultural Robot Project 2 prototype
Project Start Date : 02.06.2011
Project Final Date : 11.06.2012
Production Quantity : 1
Weight : 280 kg
Height : 87 cm
Width : 100 cm
Length : 175 cm
Battery : Lead Acid (dry battery) 36V
Battery Time : 10 Hour
Structure : Electromechanical drive mechanism and planting DC Motor
Capability : Autonomous Beet Planting
Usage Field : Robotic Agriculture

Ongoing research and development activities for "PNCR-1" which was announced at May 30, 2011, designed and produced as first robotic system by AKINSOFT Robotics Department, has led to success and the agriculture robot prototype has claimed its place in history of technology and AKINSOFT.

The process of beet sowing is based on special conditions, demanding an ultimate attention as in other various products. Many parameters such as row distance, seed distance, seed planting depth are required to be adjusted with high precision. Besides, in order to obtain maximum efficiency from the field, two-dimensional field area needs to be divided into rows at optimum level and the sowing should be proceeded linearly. Linear or symmetrical sowing is highly necessary. Since, it is most crucial to install watering system or actuate the mechanisms such as hoe, disinfection and harvesting without detriment to sowing. PNCR prototypes are the robotic systems enhanced field efficiency excluding human error factor according to those rule and conditions.

PNCR project, become more expert by engaging required algorithms (control systems) after suiting for real field conditions, in addition to “PNCR-1”, practiced those conditions in laboratory environment and the stability of which was approved with tests, has accomplished to present “PNCR-2”. After intense work period, the electronic and mechanic structure has been renewed and by using batteries more efficiently, both the mobility has been advanced, and featured working with solar energy, in particular the required conditions to produce its own energy on the field has been fulfilled.

Not only in Robotics Department, but also in laboratories of Selcuk University, Agricultural Faculty, the sowing unit has been tested and the system was approved to proceed sowing with high accuracy despite need for more fractional and low power compared to conventional mechanical system. Thereafter, the sowing operation was performed at Calti village, Konya-Istanbul road, in real conditions of field prepared depending upon conventional methods and the system control infrastructure was calibrated.