The agricultural industry has historically been the focus of the most successful automation efforts in the last century. While in 1950, farmers accounted for 64% of the U.S. workforce, only about 3% are employed in agriculture now. There were some indications in the early 1980’s that agricultural productivity had plateaued. The mid-1980’s have seen consideration of the use of industrial robots for agricultural applications to provide a potential for continuing productivity growth in the industry. This interest was indicated by the attendence of participants from 14 countries at the Agrimation I conference in February 1985. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Entineers and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. This conference followed several notable studies on robotic applications which were conduceted both in the United States and Japan.
KeywordsIndustrial Robot Pepper Plant Agricultural Engineer Agricultural Application Robotic Application
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