Optical Sorting Systems

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While hand sorting systems do work, they are not capable of the high-speed action of automated optical sorting systems. In some applications, such as the recycling of papers and glass, optical sorting systems are also more accurate than human sorting. Read Moreā€¦

Optical Sorting Systems Optical sorting systems rely on machine vision systems to "see" the products they sort.

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Avon, IN  |  317-272-2577

Decision Technology is a reliable, experienced provider of machine vision systems and related engineering, integration and services. Our cost-effective machine vision solutions cover a wide range of applications and technologies, and include complete turn-key systems as well as consulting.

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Decision Technology LLC $$$

Gahanna, OH  |  614-891-6111

Online/offline turnkey automated inspection systems using Cognex, Omron, DVT & Keyence vision & lasers. Systems include vision applications engineering, camera(s), lighting, pass/fail indication, data collection, bad part reject, material handling, controls, installation & training. With a line of standard inspection products, Cincinnati Automation is a proven systems integrator. Free evaluation!

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MJ Engineering & Consulting $$$

Miamisburg, OH  |  937-886-3232

INVOTEC Engineering, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of machine assembly, machine test, and machine inspection products. Products include laser, vision, and welding systems. Industries served include the medical device, aerospace, military, automotive, electronic, and consumer products industries.

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INVOTEC Engineering, Inc. $$$

Renton, WA  |  800-762-1149

Omron Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications. Omron Microscan focuses on technologies of automatic identification (auto ID), machine vision, and illumination with application solutions ranging from basic barcode reading up to complex machine vision inspection, gauging, and measurement.

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Omron Microscan Systems $$$

Southington, CT  |  800-937-9336

Our machine vision systems serve in many diverse industries including renewable energy, drive technology, machinery, plant construction, transport and many others. We have been in business for over sixty years and we are dedicated to putting each and every year of experience to work for our customers with every encounter that we are a part of! To learn more about what we may do for you visit our website today!

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Optical sorting systems are used for multiple purposes in many different industries. They can be used in recycling plants to separate metals, plastics, papers, and glass from each other. In addition to sorting by material, optical systems are also capable of sorting by color and resin type. Especially in applications where large quantities of broken and mixed glass need to be sorted, optical sorting machines can be very advantageous. Despite the many advantages apparent over human vision, machine vision is inherently limited.

Even with nearly continual advancements of both hardware and software pertaining to this highly skilled field, computer vision programs lack the ability to adapt beyond pre-determined algorithms as human vision so aptly does. Machine vision works best when performing narrowly defined tasks, though continued advancements continually improve the performance possibilities of this technology.

Optical sorting systems can also be used in the food industry to remove pits from cherries and unwanted or damaged nuts from good ones. Infrared light can be used to "see" the interiors of foods in order to remove those affected by fungus or rotting. Optical sorting machines are also used to remove contaminants from popcorn, coffee, rice, and other food products. Optical sorting systems can also be come in a number of other configurations such as vision sensors, vision inspection systems, robotic vision, optical inspection systems, magnetic imaging, machine vision, laser inspection, CCD cameras and much more.