As a 200-year old organisation that has survived two world wars, we believe that our ability to adapt and the strength of our resilience has brought us this far. From drones to robotic arms to mechanical buffaloes, Sime Darby Plantation is changing the face of the plantation sector. Necessity was the mother of these inventions too. During the chaos of the global pandemic, our bicentennial experience, sustainability, and innovation has enabled Sime Darby Plantation to become a catalyst in transforming the palm oil industry.
Contact Person: SDP Innovation Committee
Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) would like to automate the process of harvesting fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from oil palm trees in its Upstream Operations. There are multiple issues to solve, including identifying the ripe FFB, planning a cutting motion sequence, ensuring the actual cutting mechanism is effective as well as collecting the FFB post-harvesting. Additionally, there are also other challenges such as the height of oil palms that could go up to 10m (for prime palm) or higher, FFB that can grow around the palm tree, as well as the weight and hardness of the FFB stalks and fronds.
The goal is to have a mechanism that could autonomously approach and identify oil palms with the ripe FFB and effectively cut the fronds leading to the FFB as well as the stalk of the FFB. After this process, a collection mechanism is necessary to collect and place the FFB at an allocated area.
We categorise the work scope into different 5 categories as a guideline to identify and match technology companies with different pain points.
Please refer to the table below for the details of each pain point and expected success criteria and the video link for more information on harvesting operation.
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What's in it for you?
A successful submission would mean either working directly with SDP or one of our technology partners in developing the solutions and working as a collective team to bring the innovation to fruition.
Subject to terms and conditions, SDP may offer:
• Proof of Concept (POC) funding
• R&D support and access to facilities, site and data
• Expert advice from our business and technical mentors
• Service Contracts
A commercial discussion will take place upon the success of the Proof of Concept (POC) and you may be provided with the opportunity to become an SDP’s vendor, service provider or partner.
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During this process, you may be contacted by a member of our team with queries concerning your proposal. You may be asked to provide further information or clarification about your proposal.
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