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The Future of Vertical Farming is in Automation

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Its newest members face the challenge of implementing sustainable farming practices in the face of climate change and population growth by building automated technologies for vertical farming systems. With a fast no-code robotic AI platform, vertical farms can now cost-effectively automate the harvesting, inspection and pollination processes. Supply chain automation technology can provide a scalable, adaptable, and cost-effective solution for vertical farming operations for small vertical facilities, improving planting, monitoring, maintenance and harvesting, as well as the complex planning and logistics of that operation.

Adopting such a logistics-market approach to vertical farming can remove barriers to growth, help strengthen the food supply chain, turn abandoned city buildings into production facilities, and help reduce pollution. Vertical farming can use a variety of technologies and automation configurations depending on a number of factors, including growing process, crop type, and availability of work space. The efficiency of these farms is enhanced by automation and the use of robots. In vertical agriculture, automation is used in many different sectors, for example in irrigation systems, where it controls the amount of water distributed to the crops.

Automation is also used in the on-site harvesting process to reduce the number of steps between the farm and the consumer. The automated robots at the facility can then move and move rows of plants around each other as needed, precisely meeting the needs of individual crops in terms of lighting, ventilation, climate and other factors. At Swegreens' own indoor farms, automated robotic arms and lifters perform mechanical movements and prepare plants for harvest.

Swegreens indoor farms use IoT sensors, a digital management platform and an AI-based cloud system to manage and optimize crop growth. The 60,000-square-foot Fifth Seasons indoor farm complex leverages the technological advances of the past few decades and uses artificial intelligence to automate and optimize the growing process. Fifth Seasons' patented automated system grows fresh indoors year-round in vertical trays, relying on artificial intelligence, robotics and data to manage light, water and nutrients, and harvest leafy vegetables.

The future of vertical farms includes artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in the form of robots, as they will be able to manage the system more efficiently than humans. Many nurseries use automation and some degree of robotics, which will continue to grow as farming becomes more vertical. In the age of robotic farming, growers believe that the integration of automation and data will allow farmers to produce more with less environmental impact. As costs decrease and automation technology improves, automated plant transport will become a more common element of farm design.

Huge strides have been made in increasing the productivity of traditional farms, and for sustainable crops such as corn and wheat, using the sun, large tracts of land and agricultural robots to grow them in rows rather than one roof. A fast-growing technology is vertical farming, which uses LED lights and carefully controlled indoor environments to grow food with far less water, space or fertilizer than conventional farming. Using automated systems, advanced robotics and high-tech vision systems, vertical farms can increase yields at lower costs and with better results. While vertical farms will not replace traditional farming methods, they have enormous potential to renew the future of agriculture in Asia Pacific by moving towards a sustainable, environmentally friendly, technologically savvy, economically sound and sensitive world.

The vertical farm is built using a variety of technologies, from LED lighting and rotating beds for optimal lighting, to hydroponic growing media for interaction with water, more precise delivery of nutrients, and the elimination of harmful chemicals such as pesticides. The same advanced robotic technology that can transfer seedlings to beds can also be used to harvest from beds or vertical planters and place them on pallets. Seeding can be automated through the use of metering technology that accurately places individual seeds into the seed bed.

When the seedlings are ready to be transplanted, they can also be lifted and transported around the plant by mobile robots without the need for a transport system. Visually guided robots are critical to productivity in the planting process as they collect seedlings and place them in vertical growing towers.

The degree of automation used to bring young plants into the farm and mature plants off the farm can vary greatly depending on farm size and budget. Labor is also greatly reduced by using robots to manage harvesting, planting and logistics, solving the challenges farms face due to the current labor shortage in modern farming.

The robotic system is designed to integrate modern hydroponic growing techniques to become a complete crop management system capable of performing all critical aspects of crop production including planting, planting, pruning, nutrient application, health monitoring, harvesting, cleaning and maintenance of the growing system. This project aims to develop a robotic crop management system for growing nutrient-rich crops within vertical farming systems (VFS), which will make them more sustainable and economical by increasing their productivity, reducing labor costs and minimizing the risks associated with food safety, safety and security. nutrient-rich crops to waste.

When the company is completed, 80 Acres Farms will include robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics and monitoring sensors, as well as 24/7 monitoring systems to optimize all aspects of indoor crop production, the company said in a press release. FarmedHere plans to replace most of its human workers with robots at its next farm, which is expected to open later this year.

By harvesting the initial crop of Pontus in situ using HARV, Pontus will reduce the space between ponds and increase the number of tiers, increasing efficiency and yield. The robotics in HARV will allow Pontus to eliminate moving parts from the facility, thus reducing the cost of building Pontus' vertical trusses, as waterbeds can be blunt and do not require embedded technology.

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