Intelligent Sensor for Autonomous Cleaning in livestock buildings (ISAC) - A challenge in bioenvironmental engineering

J.S. Strøm, G. Zhang, Mogens Blanke

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Manual cleaning of livestock buildings, using high-pressure water technology, is one of the most tedious and health threatening tasks which is conducted by human labour. The cleaning process itself contributes to deterioration of the working environment due to stirring up dirt, microorganisms and water, which is inhaled by the operator. Consequently, the working conditions for personnel who are performing today?s cleaning of livestock buildings are essential to solve. Societies concerned about food safety and livestock welfare are other essential issues on moderns farmers? agenda in the meet production. Ongoing research in Europe includes development of autonomous cleaning robots, of which few are commercialised. Further investigations have shown that the robot performance is poor regarding effectiveness and utilization of detergent and water. The water consumption for robotic cleaning is up to 40% higher than what is used for manual cleaning. Robotic cleaning often entails subsequently manual cleaning because the robot did not detect the cleanliness of the surfaces
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Forum on Bio-systems and Bio-energy Engineering, IFBBE 2003
Publication date2003
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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