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Internal Apple Defect Detection Using X-ray

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
43649
Program Year/Program:
1999 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1999-00361
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ZEDEC Technologies, Inc.
2000 Aerial Cntr. Pkwy. Morrisville, NC, NC 27560
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1999
Title: Internal Apple Defect Detection Using X-ray
Agency: USDA
Contract: 99-33610-7511
Award Amount: $34,700.00
 

Abstract:

Not Available All apples sold in the United States for fresh pack or processing must pass an inspection for quality. The current manual inspection process for internal defects is slow, subjective, and inaccurate. While automated systems have been developed for color, size, and surface defect inspection, no system is available for automatic internal defect detection in apples. This proposed project will develop an automated x-ray based imaging system for inspection of internal defects in apples. The results of our Phase I study prove the feasibility of the process. The work will be conducted to test and integrate the four components of the system - image capture, image analysis, transport, and system software. We will determine the x-ray exposure duration, synchronize the amorphous panel to the x-ray generator and conveyor, and refine image analysis algorithms to detect internal apple defects in real-time.

Principal Investigator:

P l C. Fischer
9195729304
fischer@zedec.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. McMinn
President
9194652306
mike@zedec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ZEDEC Technologies, Inc.
2000 Aerial Cntr. Pkwy. Morrisville, NC, NC 27560

EIN/Tax ID: 561914298
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No