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Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:37:03 AM »
I’m beginning to think that Canon Electronics does a lot of really cool things.  As you may have remembered, they are also partnered up for Japan’s private company launch facilities, rocket and satellite programs.

Here, they are working with a company in Japan to help mass produce lettuce in factories.

As the article from Nikkei Asia Review notes;

Canon Electronics will provide automated systems for seeding, harvesting and shipping to Vitec’s vegetable unit. This will be Canon’s first time sharing its automation technology with an outside party. The company hopes to soak up more farming expertise that it can later use on its own.

One of the locations, in the central prefecture of Ishikawa, is expected to be capable of producing 4,400 tons of leafy vegetables a year, or 120,000 pieces a day. This would make it Japan’s largest facility of its kind.

Clearly they are attempting to be not outdone by Canon USA’s little robot..

Read the article here.. 

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 12:13:50 PM »
It sounds like a move into Industrial Robotics.

A few years back, Canon announced that all their new products would be designed for robotic assembly, and from that multi year effort, they have likely developed a lot of expertise and are looking to make a profit from it.

Japan has a severe labor shortage and farming is probably the most labor intensive industry.  Automated growing and harvesting of vegetables would free up workers for higher paying jobs.  The US also has a shortage of workers for agricultural work, its a low paying job.  There have been lots of harvesting machines developed over the years, but I have not heard of end to end robotic machinery.  Picking apples is still done by hand.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 12:17:37 PM »
It sounds like a move into Industrial Robotics.

A few years back, Canon announced that all their new products would be designed for robotic assembly, and from that multi year effort, they have likely developed a lot of expertise and are looking to make a profit from it.

Their lens assembly automation has been done for a while.  50% of the 16-35 2.8L III is done by automated assembly, and Canon is aiming for 80%.

Always interesting to see other uses for the technology and helping to feed people especially where there is power and water but otherwise not a good enough environment for farming.

I think there was some factories in NYC experimenting with lettuce / green food farming.

Was also interesting is that Canon may be thinking about getting into factory farming of their own in the future
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 01:08:59 PM »
Canon Electronics will provide automated systems for seeding, harvesting and shipping to Vitec’s vegetable unit.

Hope it's not the same Vitec owning the Manfrotto/Lowepro/etc. brands...

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 01:13:17 PM »
Soon, Canon robots will farm Canon lettuce Farms!

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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 01:25:55 PM »
Waiting for someone to comment how Sony lettuce has much better DR (Digestive Resistance).

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 01:29:23 PM »
Waiting for someone to comment how Sony lettuce has much better DR (Digestive Resistance).

LOL  ;D

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Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 02:47:44 PM »
Do some bunches of lettuce have a red ring?
I guess L stands for lettuce.

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2018, 06:16:03 PM »
Do some bunches of lettuce have a red ring?

No.

Lettuce is a crop.... not a Full Frame....

Canon has never put a red ring on a crop......
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2018, 06:26:31 PM »
Lettuce is a crop.... not a Full Frame....

Canon has never put a red ring on a crop......

 ;D  Excellent, Don.

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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2018, 07:55:21 PM »
Apparently....Canon doesn't innovate...according to some...just saying...

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Re: Canon makes moves into .. Lettuce Farming?
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2018, 11:47:22 PM »
This isn't anything new, Canon has been picking my lettuce crop since 1996.  They haven't gotten as much from me as they have from some of you, my GAS has been fairly well controlled.  Only 3 bodies, 1 grip, 2 printers, 4 flashes and 9 lenses in 22 years.

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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2018, 12:33:30 AM »
Japan has a severe labor shortage and farming is probably the most labor intensive industry.  Automated growing and harvesting of vegetables would free up workers for higher paying jobs.  The US also has a shortage of workers for agricultural work, its a low paying job.  There have been lots of harvesting machines developed over the years, but I have not heard of end to end robotic machinery.  Picking apples is still done by hand.
To fill in the gap they hire Filipino migrant workers. A Japanese classmate of my mom used to head the efforts in Manila.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2018, 12:39:07 AM »
Here in Canada the rush is to convert green houses from growing lettuce to growing marijuana.  Canon will have a hungry market with the munchies wanting good lettuce on their burgers!
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2018, 07:18:48 AM »
Lettuce hope they come out with a FF mirrorless soon...

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