AUTOMATED FROM PLANT TO BOX.
PLANT TO BOX.
MEET METOMOTION’S GRoW
GRoW (Greenhouse Robotic Worker) is a multipurpose robotic system for labor-intensive tasks in greenhouses.
GRoW‘s first application is selective robotic harvesting of greenhouse tomatoes. GRoW is designed for simple operation and smooth integration into existing greenhouse infrastructure and practices.
GRoW easily adapts to perform a range of greenhouse tasks, including harvesting of additional vegetables, pruning, monitoring, pollinating, and more.
METOMOTION estimates a reduction of up to 50% in harvest-related labor costs, with a predicted ROI in under three years for the grower.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 880753
GRoW incorporates state-of-the-art robotics and
- Advanced 3D vision system and machine vision algorithms to identify and locate the ripe fruits.
- Multiple, custom designed, robotic arms.
- Proprietary harvesting end-effector for robust damage free harvesting.
- Autonomous vehicle designed for seamless integration with existing infrastructure.
- Onboard boxing system.
The vegetable greenhouse production sector is highly labor intensive.
The total world greenhouse vegetable production
area is over 460 thousand hectares (1.15 million acres).
The use of greenhouses to grow vegetables is expanding to meet the increasing demand for quality produce year-round.
Labor costs in greenhouses comprise 30% to 50% of total greenhouses production costs.
With rising labor costs and difficulties in finding and retaining qualified workers, growers are looking to technology to reduce costs and improve production efficiency.
METOMOTION’S initial target market is the hi-tech greenhouse sector where automatic systems are in use, and there is a strong movement toward robotics.
Hi-tech greenhouses – located primarily in northern Europe – comprise 10% of the total greenhouse market. Assuming one GRoW robot per hectare, the Company estimates the potential of its first target market to be more than $1 billion, with an ROI of less than three years for the grower.
Future applications and other vegetables
offer tremendous additional potential
Adi Nir, CEO
More than 15 years’ experience in multidisciplinary product development in the aerospace industry, including management, system engineering, and project management.
Adi holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Omer Nir, CTO
Experience with advanced product development of robotic systems for agricultural applications.
Omer holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Ort Braude Engineering College and an M.Sc. in agricultural engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.