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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:40am - 11:05am

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The focus of this project was to develop a semi-automated tray seeding system. Called the SowBot, it is intended to fill a need expressed by small scale professional operations for saving time during the seeding process. Sowing cell flats (plastic trays with many separated cells for planting) is quite time consuming by hand as 50 cells have to be seeded per flat (tray). The system utilizes what the team has learned from classes in the Mechatronics engineering program by integrating mechanical, electrical, and software systems into a cohesive machine that reduces the time required to sow seeds into the cells. The SowBot increases profitability through a significant reduction in labor and material cost. Its industrial construction allows it to keep up with the most demanding customers while surviving in harsh outdoor conditions including rain and snow. Its modular design allows for additional implements to be attached and for a variety of seeds to be planted. Though machines exist on the market that can indiscriminately add soil and seeds to a flat tray, SowBot does it with the precision required for plants that need to be

Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:40am - 11:05am PDT
417 Mountain View Room, Wilma Sherrill Center

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