Design of an Integrated Cotton Picking System for Small-Scale Indian Agriculture
Author(s)Bautista, Brittany N.; Diaz Lankenau, Guillermo Fabian; Guitron, Steven P.; Jennings, Brandon Douglas; Nechlani, Rajkumar aka Ra; Tang, Astera S.; Tucker, Matthew Ryan; Winter, Amos G.; ... Show more Show less
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India, the world's largest producer of cotton, contains more than 4 million cotton farms that are less than 5 acres. These farms are incapable of large-scale mechanization due to small farm size and irregular farm shape. A previous team developed a handheld, roller-based picking device that demonstrated increased performance over similar products. However, a significant improvement in productivity requires increasing picking speed through mechanization as well as increasing worker cotton carrying capacity. We present a system that utilizes the roller-based picking device in tandem with a compressive storage bag and an efficient carrier. Through modeling and initial testing, the system demonstrates a two times (2X) improvement in worker productivity over current methods. This paper characterizes the cotton picking process, details the modules of the integrated system, and suggests further procedural improvements for greater increases in worker productivity.
DepartmentMIT-SUTD Collaboration; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Sloan School of Management; System Design and Management Program
Volume 4: 22nd Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 11th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
Bautista, Brittany N., Guillermo F. Diaz Lankenau, Steven P. Guitron, Brandon D. Jennings, Rahul Nechlani, Astera S. Tang, Matthew R. Tucker, and Amos G. Winter. “Design of an Integrated Cotton Picking System for Small-Scale Indian Agriculture.” Volume 4: 22nd Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 11th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems (August 6, 2017). doi:10.1115/detc2017-68132.
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