Co-development of ‘Sparter’; an automatic selective harvesting machine for white asparagus.
Cerescon is a rapidly developing, high-tech scale-up in Agrofood robotics.
They develop and market a selective harvesting solution for white asparagus called “Sparter”. Their objective is to automate picking of white asparagus and ensure that European consumers can continue enjoying a delicious and affordable dish of locally produced fresh asparagus.
The challenge in 2018 was to contribute to a viable business case for the Sparter by re-design of the selective robot unit. This unit is an important part of the Sparter automatic selective harvesting machine for white asparagus.
The goals of this re-design were to:
- Increase the performance by factor two to specification level.
- Decrease the cost price of the robot significantly, at least 35%.
- Improve and guarantee manufacturability and serviceability.
Cerescon gave us the opportunity to start from “white paper” with our V2 model and execute on the technical functionality and industrialization specifications simultaneously, which led to a shorter time to “viable business case”. By using our V2 model, we achieved a higher performance in combination with a significantly lower price level of the robot unit.