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“Appuhamy” - The Fully Automatic Rubber Tapping Machine

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Y. A. I. Yatawara ,

Nokia Corporation Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Comombo 01, LK
About Y. A. I.
Engineer, AMIE (SL), B.Tec hEng. Hons (OUSL)
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W. H. C. Brito,

R & D Engineer, Novena Tech (Pvt) Ltd, Dutugemunu St, Kohuwala, LK
About W. H. C.
AMIE (SL), B.TechEng. Hons (OUSL)
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M. S. S. Perera,

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda
About M. S. S.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Lecturer

AMIE (SL), B.TechEng. Hons (OUSL)

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D. N. Balasuriya

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
About D. N.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Senior Lecturer


CEng, MIE(SL), BSc Eng.Hons (Moratuwa), MSc (Manitoba)

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Abstract

Being a major export good from the colonial times, rubber still can greatly contribute to the national economy. However, lack of labour for rubber tapping has been a major factor contributing to the downfall of the Sri Lankan rubber industry. As a solution to the shortage of labour for rubber tapping we present the design of a fully automated rubber tapping machine which is capable of moving from tree to tree in a rubber plantation and tapping each tree automatically. Capability to automatically detect the tapping path, nodules, tree condition and many other important parameters makes the proposed rubber tapper much more superior over all existing rubber tapping machines and techniques.

How to Cite: Yatawara, Y.A.I., Brito, W.H.C., Perera, M.S.S. and Balasuriya, D.N., 2019. “Appuhamy” - The Fully Automatic Rubber Tapping Machine. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 52(2), pp.27–33. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/engineer.v52i2.7351
Published on 12 Jul 2019.
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