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  • Manufacturer: Raven
  • Robot: Omnipower
  • Task(s): Mechanical weeding, spraying and phenotyping
  • Development start: 2017
  • Pricing: Price for the OMNiPOWER Platform is €331,310/US $375,000.
    Price for the New Leader Connect Spreader system is €129,000/US $146,000.
    Price for the Pattison Connect 120’ Spraying system is €187,300/US $212,000.

Description

OMNiPOWER is the new name of the Dot technology that Raven Industries acquired in 2019. It is a fully automated cab-less power platform with a 173 hp diesel engine with the ability to seed, spread and spray crops. Implements built by selected companies are attached to the U-shape platform. The U shaped frame construction allows the machine to carry a heavy load and perform multiple functions. In 2022 Raven plans to use Viper 4+ for control. This will allow for machine to machine synchronisation and improved job sharing. There will be an enhanced hydraulic oil cooler and modified hydraulics for better power to ground performance.

Drive train type

Diesel engine, hydrostatic drive

Characteristics

Engine HP 175; 60gpm hydraulics, 15876kg carrying capacity, 12V power generation for auxiliary devices, onboard ISOBUS compliant computer for remote viewing, rate controller, and monitoring.

Navigation system

The robot uses RTK GPS for staying within geofenced field boundary. It has 2 control systems. Primary is the GCS Tablet operating Raven Proprietary software, web based, to plan out missions on the tablet. The missions include driving direction (compass heading), swath width, travel speed, turning radius and the treatment or non treatment of “headland” areas, as well as start and stop point. The completed mission plan is wirelessly transmitted to the OMNiPOWER for completion.  Operation then proceeds autonomously.

The machine has onboard cameras for operator viewing, as well as a physical safety fence (non contact perception system is undergoing final development, to be deployed in the near future). The robot operator has a high range remote with e-stop as a secondary control for the robot.

The Omni automatically stops under the following conditions:
a) e-stop is pressed
b) safety fence is tripped
c) loss of RTK GPS
d) loss of data communications on either the GCS tablet or the OMNi itself
e) loss of contact with the high range remote
f) a specific error code related to the machine operation, such as but not limited to:  excessive wheel slippage, off track physical location, certain engine monitoring conditions, certain implement conditions, safe operation. A light beacon offers a visual warning that OMNiPOWER is about to move, and a horn sounds multiple times prior to movement.

Look for all specifications in the table below.

Manufacturer:

Name robotOMNIPOWER
DimensionsLength: 4.7m/15.4ft or 6.1m/20ft. Width: 3.84m/12.6ft or 5.94m/19.5ft. Height: 3.2m/10.5ft. Track Width between tires: 2.57m/8.4ft or 4.01m/13.2ft.
Turning radius9.4m/30.8ft.
Weight  8,1434 kg
Energy source  Diesel engine
Energy stock/range  The diesel fuel capacity is 322 litres. It can run for approximately 36 hours, depending on the load
Driveline  Diesel engine, hydrostatic drive
Output capacity  This depends on width of implement and desired ground speed. When spreading fertilizer the maximum capacity is approximately 121 acres per hour
Navigation systemThe robot uses RTK GPS for staying within geofenced field boundary.
Pricing  Price for the OMNiPOWER Platform is €331,310/US $375,000.
Price for the New Leader Connect Spreader system is €129,000/US $146,000.
Price for the Pattison Connect 120’ Spraying system is €187,300/US $212,000.
Availability (countries)US/Canada
Units operational (total end 2021)  25 units at the end of 2021.

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