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Development of a mechatronic sorting system for removing contaminants from wool\ud

By L. Zhang, A. Dehghani, S. Zhenwei, T. King, B. Greenwood and M. Levesley


Automated visual inspection (AVI) systems have been\ud extended to many fields, such as agriculture and the food, plastic\ud and textile industries. Generally, most visual systems only inspect\ud product defects, and then analyze and grade them due to the lack\ud of any sorting function. This main reason rests with the difficulty of\ud using the image data in real time. However, it is increasingly important\ud to either sort good products from bad or grade products into\ud separate groups usingAVI systems. This article describes the development\ud of a mechatronic sorting system and its integration with a\ud vision system for automatically removing contaminants from wool\ud in real time. The integration is implemented by a personal computer,\ud which continuously processes live images under the Windows\ud 2000 operating system. The developed real-time sorting approach\ud is also applicable to many other AVI systems

Year: 2005
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