Phase 2 Projects 

The Development of Techniques for High Resolution, High Speed Machine Vision  Inspection (PARASENSOR)


Canpolar East Inc., St. Johnís, NF 

(Project Leader: Ernest Reimer)

C-CORE, St. Johnís, NF

Fisheries Council of Canada, St. Johnís, NF

Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovations, St. Johnís, NF

Marine Institute, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, St. Johnís, NF

Total Investment: $2,200,000

PRECARN Contribution: $1,000,000

CSA Contribution: $500,000

Start: July 1996

End: December 1998


To improve productivity and reduce costs in fish processing operations by providing automated fish fillet defect inspection.


Prototype fish inspection and classifying system consisting of an imaging and materials handling system, demonstrated in an operational fish processing environment and meeting the applicable North American standards for food sanitation and electrical safety.

Technology & Benefits

The PARASENSOR System is comprised of the following components;

Annual sales in the North American seafood processing sector are approximately $5 billion. The objective of this project is to reduce the cost and increase the speed and accuracy of high throughput fish inspection operations. The technology has derivative applications in the production line inspection of other foods and other natural products.

Wherever manufacturing processes rely on human visual inspection for quality or process control functions there is potential for value-added through the automation of inspection tasks. While the first application of this technology is in the fish processing industry, the core technology is adaptable for use in other comparable inspection tasks. Potential applications to the space program include external inspection of the International Space Station. Potential industrial applications include food manufacturing and forest products harvesting and processing.