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A semi-autonomous wool bioharvesting system

Project Member(s): Alempijevic, A., Clemon, L., Bennett, N., Fitch, R., Lidfors Lindqvist, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Wool Innovation Ltd RDC (Australian Wool Innovation On-Farm Project Proposal)
Australian Wool Innovation Ltd RDC (Australian Wool Innovation On-Farm Project Proposal)

Start year: 2024

Summary: This project aims to design, build and tests components of a semi-autonomous wool bioharvesting system, covering steps from wool removal through to bailing and involves XX main components: (1) design of a biologically weakened wool removal mechanism that is admissible to automation (2) sheep handling system to aid automation of wool removal (3) wool inspection system that identifies contaminants in wool and fibre characteristics for classification of fleece (4) wool pressing and bailing system. The project is focusing on semi-automation due to high variability of animals and field conditions requiring some human activities and expertise, especially in assisting restraining sheep in preparation for wool removal and collecting representative fibre strains that will be used for classification of the fleece.

FOR Codes: Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics, Manufacturing robotics, Raw wool