|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
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.
VE-379 Smart Subframing Camera - a machine vision system capable of emulating aspects of human eye peripheral vision and foveal scanning.
Machine Vision Software - a package of perceptual software agents designed to emulate a variety of human visual perception functions.
Materials Handling System - incorporates the machine vision system and lighting technology in a package designed for operation in a fish processing plant.
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.