An electro-mechanical limb shaker for fruit thinning

@inproceedings{Rosa2008AnEL,
  title={An electro-mechanical limb shaker for fruit thinning},
  author={Uriel Aparecido Rosa and Kabileshkumar G. Cheetancheri and Chris Gliever and Su Han Lee and James Fred Thompson and David C. Slaughter},
  year={2008}
}
Mechanizing the fruit thinning operation will result in considerable cost savings for growers. This investigation has been conducted to improve mechanical thinning by exciting individual branches at a precise frequency and duration to achieve a superior distribution of fruit remaining on the tree. A unique and precise electromagnetic limb shaker that requires no branch clamping has been developed and evaluated under field conditions. Finite element analysis was performed on simulated limbs with… CONTINUE READING

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