Agriculture 4.0 is a term used to describe the significant changes facing the agriculture, food and horticulture industry. Conventional practices remain mostly unchanged since the 1960s, and as a result, arable farming yields across the globe have plateaued. Unique challenges face the industry. Increasing global population, urbanisation, climate change, labour shortages and stressed natural resources have led to a new wave of innovative technologies that seek to address the issues. By introducing advanced technologies, agri-enterprises can be more profitable, more efficient, safer and remain environmentally friendly.
Martin Leahy, maxon’s Sales Engineer for Ireland, discusses how DC drive technologies are utilised in the fourth agricultural revolution, including the IP65 protection rating, and sharing customer case studies. Maxon is involved in indoor and vertical farming, tillage, dairy sectors and food production.
What is covered?
- What are the drivers and barriers for Agriculture 4.0?
- How are automated guided vehicles (AGV’s) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) being used in farming?
- How to design a battery-powered device?
- What are IP protection ratings and how are they of concern to agriculture?
After qualifying as a Mechanical Engineer at the Institute of Technology Carlow, Martin worked as a Design Engineer for 2 years at Pearson International, providing detailed drawings for the manufacture of bespoke dairy systems and products. He went on to complete an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, studying the economics of producing renewable energy fuels.
Martin provided technical support in the power transmission industry before joining maxon in 2019 as the Sales Engineer for Ireland. He forms part of a team of drive experts, giving commercial and technical support on maxon products.