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NOVEL AUTOMATION FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCED COSTS IN HOP PRODUCTION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
4644
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4644
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Miller's Machine & Metal Works
336 N. 6th St Hwy. 12 Prosser, WA 99350
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: NOVEL AUTOMATION FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCED COSTS IN HOP PRODUCTION
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $132,000.00
 

Abstract:

HOP PRODUCTION IN LABOR-INTENSIVE, AND HOP PRODUCTIVITY IS SENSITIVE TO THE FLAWS INHERENT IN HAND-TIED LATTICEWORK. NON-OPTIMUM SPACING OF THE MILLIONS OF KNOTS TIED ANNUALLY REDUCES THE PLANT'S EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT, PEST CONTROL AGENTS, AND SPRAYED PLANT FOODS. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT KNOT-S SPACING VARIATIONS REDUCE CROP YIELD BY AS MUCH AS 30%. PROPOSED IS A NEW GENERATION OF AUTOMATION--ONE THAT WILL TIE THE SPECIAL KNOTS QUICKLY, ACCURATELY, AND CONSISTENTLY.SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF THIS NOVEL TECHNOLOGY WILL SOLVE MAJOR PROBLEMS NOW BEING ENCOUNTERED BY THE NATION'S HOP GROWERS.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Franklin w. miller
Small Business Information at Submission:

Miller's Machine & Metal Works
336 N. 6th St Hwy. 12 Prosser, WA 99350

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No