Harvest robots are helping customers solve the problems associated with the uncertainty of a workforce (availability, cost, overhead, etc.) Robots are deployed so that there is consistent and predictable quality and throughput at the beginning and end of each shift.
Case study: From migrant labor to robots
The DBR is being tested in multiple states with modifications for various regions with a possible 80 percent increase in fruit-picking efficiency
RBR50 robotics firms accounted for the top four positions and seven out of fourteen overall in annual Venture Capital sweepstakes for 2011, as reported by Travis Deyle in Hizook. With a total of $164.4 million invested in robotics ventures in 2011, seven of the RBR50 accounted for $117.5?over 70 percent of the total.
In January Harvest Automation announced that it had received $4 million in Series A financing from investors Life Sciences Partners, MidPoint Food & Ag Funds, and the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation. But the funding process was a bit more interesting than what was portrayed in the announcement, and provides insights into how government and business can work together to promote each other’s interests.