Coconut is inseparable part of life of people of southern India particularly in the states of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Coconut as tender coconut water, coconut gratings, coconut milk, coconut oil etc. find its way in at least one food item cooked daily the people of this southern part of India. Due to extreme shortage in people to climb the coconut trees and pluck the coconuts, the cost of coconuts is increasing steeply. One solution to this problem is to have a robotic coconut tree climber with an arm to cut the coconuts. In this research work, we present the design, implementation and testing of robotic arms to be used in these robotic coconut tree climbers, to cut the coconuts. Different robotic arm designs are presented with proper analysis and results.
Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Pathmakumar, T., Allan, P., Trayesh, V., and Gokul, M., “Robotic Arm Design for Coconut-Tree Climbing Robot”, Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol. 786, pp. 328-333, 2015.