Design and Development of a Control System for Automated Rotary Planting

Publication Date : 19/06/2019


Author(s) :

Hafidha, Mohd Shukry H.B, Mahidzal D..


Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
,
Issue 1
(06 - 2019)



Abstract :

This research has been done to design and develop a planting system as a need to improve an urban farming technology. This planting system is targeted to cultivate edible crops on urban house or building which can produce food plants within a decorative landscape. The design was inspired by a Ferris wheel which the rotation mechanism is intended to allow enough sunlight and good air flow to each crop in the planter box. This rotation gives chance to each crop in each planter box to sunbathe during sunny day. The rotational mechanism is also aimed to assist all range of consumers to run agricultural activities at convenient height. The system is equipped with sensors and a motor for an automation control. Arduino Uno was used as a microcontroller to control irrigation system and relocation of planter boxes to the various positions. The irrigation system starts it operation at 8.00am and 12.00pm. The rotation of planting system will stop at every 45 degrees until it complete the full rotation for 2 times. The relocation of planter boxes happens at 9.00 am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Each planter box is positioned at the new location to expose to the sunlight for an hour long. Results obtained from the functioning test showed a good and promising performance of the rotary planting system as it can be automatically operated to grow crops in an urban residential.


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