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Development of a Compact and High Mobility Elevating Work Platform for Orchards

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2011 Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, 2011  1110647.(doi:10.13031/2013.37260)
Authors:   Yuichi Yamada, Tomohiko Ota, Mikio Kanamitsu
Keywords:   Horizontal control, omnidirectional vehicle, elevating work platform, orchard

Japanese orchard workers spend a great deal of time doing manual labor, including flower thinning, fruit thinning, leaf thinning, harvesting and pruning. Most use stepladders for working in the upper parts of trees. To reduce this labor, and to improve worker safety, we have developed an easily driven mobile elevating work platform. The device consists of an omnidirectional steering system combined with a horizontal stability control device.

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