Simulation Analysis of Sweet Pepper Harvesting Operations

Zohar Elkoby, Bert van 't Ooster, Yael Edan

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Greenhouse crop production requires extensive manual labor. The objective of this research is to analyze different work methods for harvesting in sweet pepper greenhouses. Operations research of harvesting work methods for a Dutch and Israeli sweet pepper greenhouse was performed. An existing discrete event simulation model on the crop handling processes inside a greenhouse, GWorkS, was used to simulate harvesting of sweet peppers in both countries. Results of simulation of one day showed that the model estimates harvesting time with an accuracy of 92% for NL data and 96% for IL data. The data analysis showed differences between the greenhouses in the existing harvesting procedures, logistic operations and data collection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative and Knowledge-Based Production Management in a Global-Local World - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages8
EditionPART 3
ISBN (Print)9783662447321
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2014 - Ajaccio, France
Duration: 20 Sep 201424 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
NumberPART 3
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2014


  • Agriculture work methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Operations research
  • Pepper harvesting
  • Simulation


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