Putting Technology to Work for Horticulture: Process Control and Automation Engineering

This program was initiated in response to industry cost of production data that shows labour as the number one expense for grower operations. The main objective is to design automation technology in an indoor environment for the greenhouse sector. The automation program will be further enhanced within Vineland’s new research greenhouse, creating a large pre-commercial setting for constant innovation and collaboration.

The team is currently working on seven projects:

  • Development of an Automated Vegetable Packing System
  • Development of Gripper Tools for Automated Handling of Horticultural Produce
  • Development of Wireless Irrigation Sensing and Decision Making Systems
  • Development and Commercialization of an Automated Planting System
  • Development and Commercialization of an Automated Potted Plant Packaging System
  • Development and Commercialization of Automation Technologies to Aid Mushroom Harvesting
  • Development of an Automated Disease Detection System

Funding Partners & Collaborators

Angels Gate Winery
Big Head Wines
Brock University
Central Fabricating
CMP Automation
Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute
FedDev
Festo
Freeman Herbs
Growing Forward 2
INO
Kew Vineyards
Monaghan Mushrooms
MTX
Ontario Tender Fruit Growers
Peytec
Rennie Estate Winery
Sunrise Greenhouses Ltd.
University of Guelph
Western University