MetoMotion receives $1.5 Million for greenhouse robotic worker


MetoMotion, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group Ltd., announced that it has completed an investment round of $1.5 million, which was led by a leading Netherlands-based company in the greenhouse industry.

metomoMetoMotion has developed a multipurpose robotic system, GRoW, for labour-intensive tasks in greenhouses to reduce the reliance on and high costs of human labour in greenhouse vegetable production. The company’s first application for its GRoW system is harvesting greenhouse tomatoes.

GRoW incorporates state-of-the-art robotics and automation technology including advanced 3D vision system and machine vision algorithms to identify and locate the ripe fruit, multiple, custom-designed, robotic arms, an end-effector for damage-free harvesting and an onboard boxing system. The autonomous vehicle is designed for seamless integration with existing greenhouse infrastructure.

The company’s capabilities include adapting its robotic technology to other labour-intensive greenhouse tasks such as pruning, pollination, de-leafing and data collection for cultivation analysis.

“We are very excited to have a strategic investor aboard,” MetoMotion CEO Adi Nir said. “Our Netherlands-based investor’s combined resources and rich knowledge of the greenhouse industry will provide us with an outstanding opportunity to develop our system with the right fit for the market.”

Photo: MetoMotion-GRoW, robotic tomato harvester

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