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
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-00569
Amount: $89,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
COHERIX, INC.
3980 RANCHERO DR, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 167138887
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Upham
 Director
 (734) 922-4065
 jonu@coherix.com
Business Contact
 Claron Swonger
Title: Director
Phone: (734) 922-4066
Email: 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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