The Compact S9000
The future of farming is here and now.
AVL Motion Group supplies sustainable harvesting applications for horticulture. The company invent and build best-in-class autonomous harvesting machines for selective harvesting.
Our designers were able to take the existing framework with integrated technology as a starting point. This allowed them to immediately make sketches to scale. Looking beyond just the housing, consideration has also been given to the integration of user-friendly lighting that assists the operator. Throughout the design process, a thoughtful focus was kept on improving the visibility of the machine.
Successful products arise from a solid brand strategy. By properly positioning AVL Motion, we were able to devise powerful campaigns aimed at the target group: the potential customer. Prior to the launch of the campaigns, we improved the corporate identity by, among other things, adjusting the logo, coming up with a strong slogan, and building a website. To ensure consistency, all elements and their use are described in a house style guide.
Founder AVL Motion:
Arno van Lankveld
“Despite the shortened test period due to corona, we showed this season that we are able to build a super-fast robot that can harvest 9,000 asparagus per hour. We also received many compliments on the manoeuvrability, the simple operation and the ease of maintenance. Our machine is to asparagus cultivation what Mercedes is to Formula 1: It is fast, reliable and delivers a top performance under all circumstances (source: bom.nl).
The concept of the drawing board was realized at a very fast pace using sheet metal made of stainless steel and aluminum. As you can see in the photo, the integration of the lighting has been taken into account in the sheet metal.
The design consists of elements that have emerged from the marketing strategy. The new look of the machine is clearly recognizable from a distance as AVL Motion. In order to guarantee consistency, the design is completely aligned according to the guidelines from the pre-developed house style guide.
In the field
When the brand new machine was harvesting in full glory, we went into the asparagus field with a small team for a photo and film report of the machine. Armed with a drone and camera, we shot high-quality footage. AVL motion has used these images for the product launch, website, and other promotion-related activities.
During a regional visit by King Willem Alexander and King Maxima, the machine was presented as one of the robotic innovations in the agricultural sector. Looking back, we can be very proud of this special product presentation.
What used to be harvested by hand is now automated by a robot. In a playful way, we introduced the farmers to the future of asparagus cultivation. The characteristic tool of the asparagus farmer, the stabbing knife, is a thing of the past. We have therefore framed the knife and sent it to all asparagus farmers in the area. As a symbolic reference to the past, they can literally frame the distinctive tool and hang it on the wall.