Internal Apple Defect Detection Using X-ray

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$34,700.00
Award Year:
1999
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
99-33610-7511
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 P L Fischer
 (919) 572-9304
 fischer@zedec.com
Business Contact
 Michael McMinn
Title: President
Phone: (919) 465-2306
Email: mike@zedec.com
Research Institution
N/A
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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