Pioneer in agricultural spraying with drones to control pests and diseases.
ARPAC delivers important results in pest control through their own research and development of their aircraft and application systems; as well as, performing services in locations where other vehicles can not reach.
With ARPAC, spraying is simple and pest control is guaranteed. Learn about the other benefits of our technology:
- It can reach places that other vehicles, such as airplanes and tractors, cannot;
- The precise application guarantees a reduction in the use of product;
- The operation is faster than conventional methods such as applications by hand;
- Effective on rough terrain;
- Zero damage to field such as soil compaction.
- Eliminates contact with harmful chemicals;
- Safe remote piloting;
- Sustainable use of renewable energy.
With its own manufactured drones, ARPAC offers a completely planned experience for agriculture.
Founded in 2014 between partners Eduardo and Cristiano, ARPAC received an angel investment in 2015 and officially began operations in January 2016. In addition, ARPAC won the Industry Innovation Announcement, promoted by SEBRAE, where it received R $ 200,000 for product development. At the same time we became part of Tecnosinos Technological Park, one of the largest Technological Parks in Brazil, located in UNISINOS (São Leopoldo / RS). In 2017, ARPAC made its first profitable operation and entered the AGROSTART acceleration program. The company is currently being accelerated by ACE in partnership with BASF, one of the most relevant chemical companies in the world.
In 2008, Eduardo Goerl, a founding partner of ARPAC, suffered a serious accident while working as a flight instructor at Bagé airfield (RS). Soon after takeoff, the pilot realized that there was smoke leaving the panel and then initiated the emergency procedures for return. The result: Eduardo was hospitalized for days at the hospital along with his student and flight companion, who stayed for a month in the ICU.
The insight behind the start of ARPAC took place in 2014, when Eduardo was a pilot at TAM. Interested by drones at the moment, he acquired the equipment for aerial photography and soon realized a potential of using the technology for agricultural spraying. He explained the idea to his friend, Cristiano, who embraced the project and contributed to the initial investment; the investment was intended for the patent and production of prototype where they used the most advanced materials for drone construction at the time. In the second half of 2014, the duo performed the first agricultural spray with drones from Brazil.
At the end of 2014, Eduardo presented his idea at TEDxUnisinosheld at the SESI Theater at FIERGS in Porto Alegre (RS). The theme was Ideas for Everyday Life, or ideas that improve people's daily lives.
Thanks to the positive reaction from the TEDx, Eduardo and his partner began the search for angel investors. In this way, they found a lawyer who came to participate in the project and to help to model the business.
Through the angel investment, the partners were able to hire two engineers, with the aim of producing a drone with high load capacity for agricultural spraying. The business was incubated by UNITEC, where they developed all engineering aspects for the design, model, prototype, test and fly the ARPAC aircraft.
At the end of 2016, ARPAC was given the challenge of producing a drone applicator for Trichogramma. The team was able to go through all the phases of creating the new aircraft and make the first flight in 45 days in the state of São Paulo, between January and March 2017.
After the harvest, ARPAC began to seek investments again. The team found the accelerating ACE selection process for the Agrostart program along with BASF. ARPAC was approved in all stages of the process and is proud of all the knowledge acquired and the mentoring received from both companies up to today.
ARPAC participated in the Brazilian stage of the Get In the Ring award in Salvador (BA). ARPAC was victorious in the competition and represented Brazil in the final stage of the competition in Singapore, where they competed against 160 companies from all over the world to presented the idea for venture capital funds.
Management for Innovation and Leadership - UNISINOS
Airbus A320 Pilot - LATAM
Electrical Engineering - UFRGS
Bachelor of Computer Science - Universidade Federal do Pampa
Control Automation and Engineering - UFRGS/Supélec
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Doctor in Electrical Engineering - UFRGS
PhD with KTH - Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden