Control of the sugar cane harvester topper

McCarthy, Stuart George and Billingsley, John and Harris, Harry (2002) Control of the sugar cane harvester topper. In: Mechatronics and machine vision 2002: current practice. Research Studies Press, Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, pp. 253-259. ISBN 0863802788


Operation of a mechanical sugar cane harvester is a skill and labour intensive task. The operator has many functions to manually control under difficult conditions. The focus of this paper will be one of these functions: the topper. The height at which the topper cuts the cane stalk has considerable effect on the quality of the product, and ultimately the return to the grower. A sensor has been constructed that will measure and return a real-time signal of the height of cut on the cane stalk by the topper. It is proposed that the introduction of some form of closed loop control system for the topper may reduce the responsibility of the harvester operator.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice. Made accessible with permission. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 629.89 Mec.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2008 12:07
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 01:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: harvester, topper, sensor, refractometer, control
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering

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