Harvesting Robot
Artist Impression
Sweet-pepper crop
in the greenhouse

Wednesday, July 4th 2018

On Wednesday, July 4th from 15:00 to 18:00, growers, suppliers and the press can see the first live demonstration of the SWEEPER pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration will be given at the commercial greenhouse "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden, one of the partners in this international research project. The BU Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research, coordinates the project in which partners from Sweden, Israel and Belgium also participate.

The SWEEPER robot is the first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world to be demonstrated in a commercial greenhouse. SWEEPER has been concentrating on harvesting peppers for the past three years, with 1.3 million tonnes being produced annually in Europe. The consortium expects that the outcome of their research will lead to a market introduction of the robot within a few years. The results confirm the leading role of Europe in the field of high-tech agro-robotics research and strengthens the competitiveness of the European greenhouse horticulture sector.

Registration is important and mandatory for participation in the demo because a maximum of 50 people can participate. You can register by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., participation is free.

Final program

Date: July 4th, 2018      
Time: 15.00 – 18.00h

Location: Kwekerij “De Tuindershoek” (Tuindersweg 32, 8271 PK IJsselmuiden)

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15.00 Reception with coffee in the main hall

15:15 Introduction Sweeper (Jos Balendonck)

15:25 Sweeper Movie

15:30 Short presentations of all members Sweeper Consortium
       (Jochen Hemming, Polina Kurtser, Ola Ringdahl, Liesbet van Herck)

16:00 Live demonstration in the Greenhouse
16:00 Group 1 (invited Press only)  
16:30 Group 2  
16:45 Group 3

16:00 – 18:00 Sweeper Info Market at the main hall

17:00 Plenary intermezzo and discussion in the main hall

17:15 Food and drinks

18:00 Closure

 SWEEPER is a partnership between Wageningen University & Research, pepper grower De Tuindershoek BV, Umea University in Sweden, Ben-Gurion University in Israel and the Research Station for Vegetable Cultivation and Bogaerts Greenhouse Logistics from Belgium. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644313.



September 12th 2018

For those not able to attend this demonstration, a second demonstration will be held at the Proefstation voor de Groententeelt in Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium) on September 12th.