Many farmers shall be very conscious of the rising function performed by robotic applied sciences, often known as AgTech, inside their trade.
Robotic milking techniques, slurry scraping and, extra not too long ago, feeding techniques rapidly come to thoughts on this regard.
All of those improvements are pushed by world place system (GPS) navigation techniques. This is identical expertise that’s driving precision fertiliser spreaders and a variety of different tillage tools choices around the globe these days.
And there may be little doubt that the footprint of robotics will proceed to broaden inside agriculture through the interval forward.
So it could not come as an entire shock to be taught that these identical applied sciences are actually getting used inside the groundcare sector.
A living proof has been the event of automated line marking techniques to be used on sports activities’ pitches and working tracks.
AgTech in floor care
South Antrim-based Budore Grounds Providers not too long ago invested within the ‘Turf Tank’ automated line marking system.
The enterprise is operated by the McCallin household – Niall and his uncle, Andy.
The Turf Tank robotic is a totally automated, line marking system.
“Resulting from its GPS expertise, the robotic eliminates the human error and ensures the traces are marked with most precision each time,” Niall defined to Agriland.
“It takes about an hour to map a selected enjoying area into the pc system.
“After that, the robotic takes over. All we want is entry to a GPS sign for the accompanying base station.”
Based on Andy, it takes the Turf Tank robotic roughly one hour to mark out a gaelic pitch.
“As soon as it begins, I can get on with different jobs,” he added.
“It’s that dependable. We’re at present line marking pitches for GAA and soccer golf equipment. We additionally mark out working tracks and pitches for numerous universities.
“Most of the golf equipment use us to precision mark a pitch initially of the season. After that, they’ll are available in with their very own, handbook tools because the yr progresses.”
The Turf Tank robotic sprays a particular paint on to the floor to be marked out.
It maintains a constant pace and spraying stress for your complete area, which reduces the paint consumption by a median of fifty%.
The specification of every job undertaken is retained within the robotic’s reminiscence. Because of this a area might be line marked each time required, following a easy, five-minute arrange course of.