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3D vision is helping to inspect and make process decisions on organic product lines

A Scorpion Venom 3D camera from Scorpion Vision is generating stereo images of prawn tails in real time ahead of robot cutting, with AI able to recognise each component, and with precise 3D modelling giving millimetre-level accuracy.

Scorpion Vision explains that the system utilises a compact stereo imaging device from Tordivel. The high level of precision comes courtesy of the stereo pair’s exceptionally short baseline. It was recently applied to the seafood line with the aim of fully automating a process that traditionally relied solely on manual labour.

The AI component of the system is able not only to recognise the different sections of the prawn but also generate precise co-ordinates for a robot equipped with a blade or other tool, maximising accuracy and minimising waste.

“These developments are opening up a world of possibilities for food processors, who can now explore new avenues of automation by eliminating the need for a dedicated human team to handle and process each organic product individually,” says managing director Paul Wilson.

Overall, he adds, machine vision is making huge progress in applications supporting the processing of non-uniform organic products such as meat, fish and vegetables.

“The last 18 months have been especially notable for the significant strides made in 3D vision, coupled with AI, leading to inspection and decision-making capabilities that were once exclusively human endeavours,” Wilson reports.

Scorpion Vision is at the forefront of these developments, it says, leveraging its expertise in applying 3D vision to tackle intricate robot vision challenges.

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