Harvesting Robot
Artist Impression
Sweet-pepper crop
in the greenhouse

On Wednesday, September 12th 2018 from 14:45 to 18:00 h, growers, suppliers and the press can see the live demonstration of the SWEEPER pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration will be given at the Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt in Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium), 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, The Netherlands 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. Participation is free. You can register using one of the following options: 

  1. Online on the website of PSKW: https://www.proefstation.be/event/sweeper-demonstration-harvesting-robot
  2. Sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Date: September 12th, 2018
Time: 14:45 h – 18:00 h

Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt
Duffelsesteenweg 101
2860 Sint-Katelijne-Waver


14:45 Reception with coffee

15:15 Welcome (Raf De Vis)

15:20 Presentations of Sweeper consortium members
  Introduction: Jos Balendonck
  Software: Ola Ringdahl
  Detection: Polina Kurtser
  Crop: Liesbet van Herck
  Testing: Jochen Hemming

16:00 Sweeper Movie

16:05 Preliminary Evaluation Results (Jos Balendonck)

16:15 Sweeper Info market and live demonstrations

17:30 Reception with food and drinks

18:00 Closure


You can download the full program as PDF.