LYRO’s New Fresh Packing Robotics Set to Enter the Trial Phase
May 28, 2020
South EastQueensland-based start-up company, LYRO Robotics is hoping to step up trials in the coming months on its intelligent robots, which are aimed at improving fresh produce packing operations.
Dr Juxi Leitner, Co-Founder of LYRO Robotics says its machine intelligence tightly integrates ‘the brain, the eyes, and the hands’, enabling robots to pick and pack any item, especially delicate items such as fruit.
“We see the agriculture and horticulture space as one of the first markets to get this technology out there,” Dr Leitner said. “We are looking to help farmers with robotic picking and packing solutions. This includes robots to help at the right time, in the right place. The most benefit we see in the beginning will be for farmers and packing sheds. Our technology allows for the quick deployment of robotics systems enabling these systems to not just being used in large but also in mid to small scale operations. We are looking for ways to pair our robot with existing packing stations. For example, our robot can pick up mangoes to fill up a crate. When it is finished, it can slide to another line, or pick another item like avocados. There’s a lot of loss because sometimes there aren’t enough people to pick and pack, and produce can start to rot and go to waste.”