Experimental Study on an Automatic Graft Robot for Fruits and Vegetables
The graft robot (named ZSTU-GR01), developed by authors, is an automatic machine for grafting fruits and vegetables with parallel insert method. The objective of this research is to test the performance of ZSTU-GR01 automatic graft robot and find out the most suitable seedling parameters for grafting. Thus a PLC program and a grafting experiment for graft robot were developed. The experimental results showed that the total grafting speed was 514 seedlings per hour, and total success rate was 84%. Eight independent comparison experiments showed that the most suitable seedling parameters for grafting were: rootstock diameter 3.5-4.5(mm); scion diameter 2-3(mm); rootstock stem and scion stem straight; angle of rootstock cotyledons close to 180 degrees.
Wenya Tian and Linli Xu
L. Zhang et al., "Experimental Study on an Automatic Graft Robot for Fruits and Vegetables", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 186, pp. 79-83, 2011