Development of an Automated Warehouse Type Silkworm Rearing System for the Production of Useful Materials
We have developed an insect rearing facility and automated rearing machine, to establish a fully automated large-scale insect rearing system to produce a new materials or a substances using useful functions of insects. In this study, we assembled a three-dimensional automated warehouse type silkworm rearing machine, to enable auto mechanization of rearing work. Six shelves in 4 rows type rearing machine has been constructed and control program was coded on Visual BASIC control language. After evaluated an operation and control function of this system, we found a possibility of controlling the automatic operation of the rearing system. Also, some physical properties of rearing system were examined. It was ascertained that the vibration and noise of this system does not affect the development of silkworm. Result of rearing test, this system can be used as a fully automated rearing of the silkworm of fifth instar.
- Journal of insect biotechnology and sericology
Journal of insect biotechnology and sericology 72(3), 163-169, 2003-10-31