Better bean harvests with intelligent threshing

Natural variations in the size and thickness of bean pods is a challenge for mechanical threshing machines, often leading to bottlenecks in production. Tierrina Vaqueira is attempting to solve the issue by developing a prototype for a fully-automated thresher. If successful, the project could give bean processors up to 8% higher turnover, improved quality and traceability and less waste.

Tierrina Vaqueira will test artificial intelligence technologies in collaboration with digital solution provider Virtual Intelligence S.L., focusing on automatic detection of pod characteristics to optimise the bean harvest.

The partners anticipate that AI-Thresh will be a valuable innovation for all kinds of delicate field crops.

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Project title

AI-Thresh – exploration of digital technologies for a prototype mechanical thresher for fresh beans

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Tierrina Vaqueira

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