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A fully automated cherry truss tomato harvesting robot to hit the market

Artemy is the brand-new harvest robot developed jointly by DENSO Corporation and Certhon, and it is ready for the commercial market. The robot is equipped with advanced vision technology for scanning the crop by its maturity and harvests ripe truss tomatoes. Artemy has an automatic lane change function, utilizing the sensor and image recognition technology to recognize running lanes so it can move to the adjacent one, even in trackless environments. In addition, Artemy has several other functions, such as automatic replacement and transfer of crates, which reduce heavy work for farmers.

Artemy is equipped with several functions that contribute to the alleviation of labor shortages and the reduction of heavy labor. Ms. Lotte van Rijn, CEO Certhon, explains: "For example, the automatic lane-change function allows Artemy to autonomously move between running lanes, a long-awaited function." It works alongside those present in the greenhouse in an incredibly safe manner as it stops when obstacles are detected along the lane. By equipping Artemy with a cluster and a peduncle detection LED, as well as replaceable batteries, it is possible to operate continuously regardless of day or night and under LED. When all crates on Artemy are full, it automatically moves to the cart with empty crates and replaces them all at once, after which it continues harvesting.

In recent years, the field of food and agriculture has increasingly faced issues with unstable agricultural production due to climate change and a decrease in the farming population. There is a necessity for the establishment of a stable and sustainable agricultural production system with cultivation methods that are not affected by the climate, alleviate labor shortages, and reduce heavy labor. Mr. Hidehiro Yokoo, Senior Executive Officer of DENSO Corporation (Food Value Chain Business Development Division), adds: "DENSO's expertise in mobility and manufacturing, encompassing image recognition, safe driving, and robotics, is integrated into all of Artemy's operations, from the automatic harvesting of cherry truss tomatoes to the automatic lane changes. Going forward, DENSO will continue to combine its technology with Certhon's cultivation know-how and horticulture technology to achieve the stable production that DENSO and Certhon aim for worldwide, making 'Growing anything, anywhere. For everyone.' possible."

It is both DENSO's and Certhon's mission to keep contributing to the realization of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Having started with Artemy, they aim to do so by continuing to develop productivity-enhancing solutions that can handle multiple varieties and take over other tasks in the greenhouses.

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