NOVEL AUTOMATION FOR INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND REDUCED COSTS IN HOP PRODUCTION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4644
Amount: $132,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Miller's Machine & Metal Works
336 N. 6th St, Hwy. 12, Prosser, WA, 99350
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 FRANKLIN W. MILLER
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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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