Advanced Automated In-Line Inspection of Brown, Freckled and Mixed-Type Eggs to Detect Contamination and Defects

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$89,970.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
99196
Agency Tracking Number:
2010-00569
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.3
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3980 RANCHERO DR, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
167138887
Principal Investigator:
Jon Upham
Director
(734) 922-4065
jonu@coherix.com
Business Contact:
Claron Swonger
Director
(734) 922-4066
rons@coherix.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Brown freckled eggs are produced and consumed prevalently in Europe and other part of the world outside of North America. High-speed reliable automated visual detection of defects on these classes of egg products is a technically challenging task due to the color variations of the egg shells themselves, as well as the many forms of potential contaminants.Coherix will enhance its existing high-speed egg inspection 3-dimensional machine vision computing algorithm and illumination technology to enable Michigan-based manufacturers of egg processing and sorting equipment to compete much more favorably in the significant global market for brown freckled and mixed-type egg processing machinery. Current processing speeds of 36 eggs per second achieved for "white" eggs predominantly produced in the United States will be maintained. This will enable the delivery of higher-quality food products to consumers of brown and freckled eggs at lower cost, as well as supporting the high-technology machinery manufacturing and machine vision technology industries' economic business and labor base in Michigan.

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