Patrick Lim

Patrick Lim

Principal Research Engineer

Applied Technologies

Mechatronics for ovine processing

I am a Principal Research Engineer within the Applied Technologies group with a technical expertise in robotic and automation technologies. I specialise in the application of these technologies for the processing of natural products with inherent high variability. My 30 years of applied research experience is a track record of leading edge innovations through technology development, implementation and adoption in agriculture and horticulture industries.

My inspiration is Thomas Edison who, although well known for inventing the electric light bulb, actually failed 2774 times before he came up with a working design. His tenacity inspires me to push on and get through the difficult times in the journey of technical discovery.

I was science co-leader of the Ovine Automation Research Programme which was awarded the KiwiNet Commercialisation Collaboration Team award. It was established to transform the ovine processing industry. With $15.6m funding over 6 years, novel robotic technology was developed for the automation of high speed production operations with the aim to increase productivity, cost savings, hygiene and quality. In collaboration with a manufacturer, these products are moving towards commercialisation and adoption. 

Areas of expertise
  • Advanced robotics
  • Industrial automation
  • Project management
  • Proof of concept prototyping
  • Technology transfer
  • Impact / technical advisor
  • R&D roadmapping
  • MEng, Advanced Control, University of Auckland, 1995
  • BEng (Hons), Electrical & Electronics, University of Auckland, 1992
Memberships and awards
  • IEEE Senior Member
  • NZ Robotics, Automation and Sensing (NZRAS) member
  • KiwiNet Commercialisation Collaboration Team Award, 2013
  • Royal Society Medal Team Award, 1998
Selected publications
  • Non-invasive spectroscopic and imaging systems for prediction of beef quality in a meat processing pilot plant, Y. Dixit, S. Hitchman, T.M. Hicks, P. Lim, C.K. Wong, L. Holibar, K.C. Gordon, M. Loeffen, M.M. Farouk, C.R. Craigie, M.M. Reis, Meat Science Journal 181, 2021
  • Robotic sorting of ovine offal: Discussion of a soft peristaltic approach, M. Stommel, W. Xu, P K Lim and B K Kadmiry, Soft Robotics, Vol 1 Issue 4, Dec 2014
  • Vision system for the automation of ovine carcass processing, Danny Cheng, Chee Kit Wong and Patrick Lim, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA), Melbourne, December 2014
  • Vision-based approach for the localisation and manipulation of ground-based crop, B. Kadmiry, C.K Wong, P K Lim, Int. Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Vol 50, Issue 1-2, 2014
  • US6213174, April 10 2001, Portioning of flowable products, Inventors: Bernard Brian Cook, John McEwan, Lim Peng Keong, Werner Eugen Friedrich. Blue Boy International Limited
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