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 More…

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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Lithia Springs, GA  |  770-944-8445

Avalon Vision Solutions provides a unique range of machine vision products. By working collaboratively with customers in addressing a myriad of applications, Avalon streamlines the manufacturing process and remains a leader in technological advances. Easy to use and implement, Avalon has the machine vision inspection and complete vision systems that are right for your application and your budget.

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Avalon Vision Solutions $$$

Livonia, MI  |  734-522-8100

Our passion is developing and integrating machine vision solutions for manufacturers globally. We diligently serve our customers with superior products, service, and performance. USS Multi-View™, Surface Scan™, and Exact Scan™ were born from the creativity of our dedicated team seeking ways to reduce manufacture's costs while improving quality. At USS Vision, we provide turnkey vision solutions.

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USS Vision $$$

Burnaby, BC  |  833-462-2867

At LMI Technologies we work to advance 3D measurement with smart sensor technology. Our award-winning, FactorySmart® sensors improve the quality and efficiency of factory production by providing fast, accurate, reliable inspection solutions that leverage smart 3D technologies. Unlike contact based measurement or 2D vision, our Gocator All-in-One 3D Smart Sensors remove complexity and dramatically reduces implementation cost.

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LMI Technologies Inc. $$$

Nashua, NH  |  603-891-2750

Alacron, Inc. designs and manufactures a variety of imaging and machine vision products. Alacron focuses mainly on the areas of machine vision, real-time inspection, real-time signal processing, video imaging, pattern recognition, OCR/ICR, document processing, semiconductor inspection, CT scanning, ultrasound, digital filtering, spectral analysis, digital audio processing, and others.

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Alacron, Inc. $$$
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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.