TNAU receives a design patent for Remote control operated tree climber and harvester

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has obtained a design patent for a remote control-operated tree climber and harvester. The patent was granted by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The Geethalakshmi, Vice-Chancellor, TNAU expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the patentees to obtain this patent and gave the patent certificates to patentees in the presence of Senthil, Dean (SPGS), Raviraj, Dean (Agricultural engineering), Natarajan, Co-Ordinator (Patent Cell), Gopal, Professor and Er. Vanitha, Assistant Professor, Office of the Dean, School of Post Graduate Studies.

The innovative invention features a climbing unit with adjustable telescopic springs and rubber wheels, driven by DC stepper motors. It also includes a braking system and a harvesting unit with servo motors, circular saw blades, and a camera module. The system is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and controlled wirelessly using a remote. The patent signifies TNAU’s commitment to agricultural innovation and enhancing efficiency in tree climbing and harvesting processes.