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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. APPLE PACKING LINE VISION ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR DEFECT REMOVAL

    SBC: AGRI-TECH, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    APPLE PACKING PROCESS STILL IS DONE BY HAND. ALONG THE APPLE CONVEYERS, WORKERS ARE PLACED TO MONITOR THE PASSING APPLES AND REMOVE THE ROTTED, DAMAGED, DISEASED APPLES AND FOREIGN MATERIALS. THIS LABOR INTENSIVE WORK IN A WET AND DIRTY ENVIRONMENT IS NOT ONLY TEDIOUS AND CAUSES FATIGUE TO EYES, BUT ALSO DIFFICULT TO PREVENT THE UNDESIRABLE OBJECTS FROM PASSING THROUGH THE LINE. IT HAS BEEN AN INC ...

    SBIR Phase II 1995 Department of Agriculture
  2. Raman Spectrograph for Field Evaluation of Antibiotic Residues

    SBC: American Research Corporation of Virginia            Topic: N/A

    This proposal suggests the development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) instrumentation capable of detecting nanogram levels of sulfamethazine per ml of extracted sample. Although the use of subtherapeutic concentrations of anti-microbial agents in animal feed has contributed to the productivity of the U.S. meat and dairy industries by preventing infectious diseases, by decreasing the ...

    SBIR Phase I 1995 Department of Agriculture
  3. An Expert System Decision Making Tool for Community Enterprise Opportunity Analysis

    SBC: CEO Praxis Inc            Topic: N/A

    Community Enterprise Opportunities (CEO) Praxis, Inc. is proposing to investigate the feasibility of developing an expert system decision making tool for local economic development organizations. The tool will assist in evaluating the viability of business opportunities and their suitability to the community's resources and local competitive advantages. The expert system will enable evaluation o ...

    SBIR Phase I 1995 Department of Agriculture
  4. INTERNATIONAL TRADE ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL AREAS USING EXPERT SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY

    SBC: Columbia Cascade Inc.            Topic: N/A

    RURAL AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES OFTEN HAVE TROUBLE GAINING ACCESS TO, AND UTILIZING, ADVANCED COMPUTER TECHNOL0GY; PARTICULARLY TECHNOLOGY WHICH PROVIDES READY ACCESS TO THE WEALTH OF INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROCESS. WHILE THERE ARE A VARIETY OF COMPUTER-BASED SYSTEMS WHICH FURNISH TRADE LEADS OR ASSIST WITH DOCUMENT PREPARATION, THERE IS A LACK OF EASILY ACCESSIBLE ...

    SBIR Phase II 1995 Department of Agriculture
  5. MICROWAVE MEASUREMENT OF WOOD MOISTURE PROFILE DURING KILN DRYING

    SBC: Dedicated Electronics, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    MANY OF THE DEFECTS THAT APPEAR IN WOOD DURING DRYING OR DURING MATCHINING ORIGINATE FROM SHRINKAGE DURING DRYING AND FROM ITS ASSOCIATED STRESSES. THE ABILITY TO SENSE SHRINKAGE AND STRESSES MAY ALLOW SUCH DEFECTS TO BE AVOIDED NY CAREFUL CONTROL OF TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY, AND AIRFLOW CONDITIONS WITHIN THE KILN. THIS COULD ULTIMATELY RESULT IN IMPROVED WOOD QUALITY AND INCREASED LUMBER YIELD BY RE ...

    SBIR Phase II 1995 Department of Agriculture
  6. An Accurate Measurement Sensor for Volumetric Soil Water Content

    SBC: Sensit Company            Topic: N/A

    Self-calibrating, low-cost, microprocessor based, combined soil volumetric water content, conductivity, and temperature sensor is proposed herein. The objective of this feasiblity study is to conduct tests to evaluate the device under a variety of conditions and to demonstrate the validity and viability of the sensor design. Existing low-cost, high volume commercial devices designed to determine ...

    SBIR Phase I 1995 Department of Agriculture
  7. DEVELOPMENT OF UNIFORM GAS DISCHARGE PLASMA SOURCES FOR PLASMA OPENING SWITCH APPLICATIONS

    SBC: HY-Tech Research Corp.            Topic: N/A

    PLASMA OPENING SWITCHES (POS) ARE WIDELY USED FOR CURRENT COMPRESSION AND OWER AMPLIFICATION IN INDUCTIVE ENERGY STORE PULSE POWER SYSTEMS. FLASHBOARD PLASMA SOURCES ARE WIDELY USED AS PLASMA INJECTORS IN THESE POS'S. THE FLASHBOARD PLASMA IS PRODUCED BY SURFACE BREAKDOWN ON AN INSULATOR IN VACUUM. SINCE THE SURFACE CONDITIONS DEPEND ON THE PREVIOUS HISTORY, THE RESULTING PLASMA IS NOT UNIFORM, RE ...

    SBIR Phase II 1995 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency
  8. Development of a Differential Interferometric Technique for Measuring Magnetic Field Profiles in a Plasma Radiation Source

    SBC: HY-Tech Research Corp.            Topic: N/A

    The current distribution in plasma radiation sources is both a yardstick for measuring the coupling efficiency of the generator, and a means of studying the implosion dynamics of the load. Since the current distribution cannot be directly measured, it must be deduced from the magnetic field profile. Magnetic field distributions, based on the Faraday rotation of polarized laser light, are typical ...

    SBIR Phase I 1995 Department of DefenseDefense Threat Reduction Agency

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