French company Elatec is ready to introduce its E-Tract tool-carrying robot with two positions for attaching implements to the market.
According to Emmanuel Labriffe from the French company Elatec, the company always takes its time to develop and test their machines. The company was founded in 2011 and designs and manufactures equipment for agriculture and small industries and specialises in electrical machinery.
Since mid-2019 it has been testing two E-Tract electric tool-carrying robots for spraying and hoeing at the test centre for fruits and vegetables (Centre Technique Interprofessionnel des Fruits et Légumes, CTIFL) in Paris. Labriffe: “And now it is time to be more known to the public.”
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The Elatec E-Tract is the 6th French field robot to be part of Future Farming’s field and harvest robot catalogue with over 35 robots you can buy, lease, or hire in 2021.
The E-Tract is a generic tool-carrying robot with two positions for attaching implements. It has a triangle in the centre and standard 3-point category 1 hitch at the rear. You can thus attach standard implements that are generally used in vegetable cultivation for for instance mechanical weeding, spraying and phenotyping.
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The robot is electrically driven and runs entirely on lithium batteries. For guidance and navigation it uses either a colour and 3D camera or cameras and RTK-gps. The implement position in the centre enables optimal control of the working depth of for instance a hoeing machine.
Since mid-2019, two E-Tracts are being tested in France at the test centre for fruits and vegetables (CTIFL) for spraying and hoeing and this year it will be for sale in France and in The Netherlands priced from € 65,000.