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Inspecting tortillas on a high-speed packaging line. Credit: Scorpion Vision

How to inspect 45,000 tortillas an hour

Packaging lines are becoming more automated thanks to vision, especially lines processing food and fresh produce, as Abigail Williams finds out

Outfield analyses aerial images of orchards using machine learning to predict crop yield

Sowing the seeds of digital tech

Farmers are starting to reap the rewards of robotics and machine vision, as Keely Portway finds out

Advantages of special lenses for top and side inspection vs multi-camera systems

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Many machine vision applications such as OCR/barcode reading on bottles and containers, or defect detection inside threaded bores require inspecting features randomly located both on the part outer or inner sides, and on the top and bottom surfaces. This paper describes the advantages of using special optics designed for 360° inspection (either using a pericentric design or various lens/mirror combinations) versus multi-camera systems or line-scan imaging.

Hyperspectral imaging can be used to check for blemishes on food packaging lines. Credit: Brillopak

Unlocking flexible production

Matthew Dale finds out how vision is enabling smaller batch sizes to be processed on packaging lines

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