NOVEL AUTOMATION FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCED COSTS IN HOP PRODUCTION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$132,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
4644
Agency Tracking Number:
4644
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
336 N. 6th St, Hwy. 12, Prosser, WA, 99350
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
FRANKLIN W. MILLER
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
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.

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