Design and Test of a Solanaceae Grafting Robot
Qun Sun*, Ying Zhao, Anfu Guo, Dongjie Zhao, Chong Wang
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
First Page: 1
Last Page: 12
Publisher Id: TOMEJ-10-1
Article History:Received Date: 17/02/2014
Revision Received Date: 21/03/2015
Acceptance Date: 09/06/2015
Electronic publication date: 15/3/2016
Collection year: 2016
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A grafting robot based on cleft grafting method has been developed to improve efficiency of grafting solanaceae vegetables. This robot consists of four parts including a clamping manipulator and carrying, cutting, feeding mechanisms. These not only enable the robot to conveniently perform clamping, carrying, positioning, cutting, joining, and binding rootstock and scion, but also improve the grafting efficiency. The average success rates for cutting rootstock, cutting scion and conjugation are 98.7%, 99.0% and 59.6% respectively. The developed robot was able to perform steady operations, suggesting potential value for practical applications.