CoRoSect Pilots

CoRoSect will launch five large-scale pilots that will take place in five European countries in diverse insect production environments. In order to obtain valuable results, multiple use cases will be defined and their feasibility will be assessed between industrial partners, insect farms and the robotic providers.

Our platform is based on RAMI 4.0 reference model (Reference Architecture Model for Industry 4.0). Our goal is to provide a secure and robust solution that is specific to the end users’ needs. Besides, we go one step further to protect human workers and the cargo in case of an error.

The solution is deliberately modular and adapts to the challenges of end-users. It is scalable, expandable and can be implemented in different application areas and sectors, including agriculture, logistics, and industrial production.

 

Secure insect transport

There are many different types of crates out there designed to keep apart and transport insect instars. Transportation must be secure to suit the production flow. The production requires fine control over the crates to move them from one location to the next, making them available for processing and having them delivered for incubation and storage.

Sensing environment

Variation in the environment at different scales influence the development of ectotherm organisms such as insects. Moreover, the insect mass rearing itself impacts the growing area’s climate, which is a relevant indicator of the process status. The goal is to ensure the environmental parameters are optimal for the production and alert for remedying actions when necessary.

Tending insects

Insect lifecycle might deviate from the expectation due to biological and environmental reasons and require direct observations. Detailed knowledge of the lifecycle of the insects to be reared, as well as the influence of the combination of different parameters/conditions occurring in the rearing chain, and of the species-specific diet requirement, is of paramount importance for improving the quality/quantity of the production and the usage of the sensors and robots.

Handling insects

Harvesting and maintaining the breeding stock requires selecting and sorting insects, including direct picking/ moving and sorting assisted by vessels, vacuums and sieve type solutions. Besides, delicate handling is a crucial part of the production process: improper insect manipulation causes mortality and stress impacting the product quality.

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