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Redesign of the Artechno vertical farm robot: Herontwerp van de Artechno vertical farm robot

  • Colsen, Quincy (author)
Publication Date
Feb 08, 2024
TU Delft Repository
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This thesis focuses on a vertical farming system designed for growing crops. The system’s deficiencies were identified during a company visit where the system was operating. An analysis was conducted to see when all deficiencies would be resolved. It revealed that the vertical farm robot had to be redesigned to grab seven benches deep to eliminate the system’s shortcomings and significantly enhance its performance. Thus, a literature review was conducted to determine possible solutions. As a result, various alternatives were devised based on the requirements and constraints considering the available design space and a morphological chart. These alternatives were scored with a weighted criteria method, and the best view was elaborated in more detail. Subsequently, a computer-aided design of the best overall-looking design was created. After ordering all materials, a design prototype was built inside a climate cell in the research centre, and all sensors and drives were wired and controlled by a programmable logic controller to fully automate the prototype. A proof of concept was successfully obtained from the test results. Therefore, this redesign of the system’s performance was enhanced, and this thesis was successful. / Mechanical Engineering | Multi-Machine Engineering

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