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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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Decision Technology LLC $$$

Holland, MI  |  616-399-2168

At JR Automation, we have experience providing solutions for machine vision applications ranging from quality inspections, flexible-feeding systems, optical character recognition, to 3D scanning. No matter the size of your product, we have the proven expertise to develop solutions that can meet our customer demands, and remain at the forefront of automation technologies.

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JR Automation Technologies, LLC $$$

St. Louis, MO  |  314-526-0531

We are vision system specialists, focused solely on providing solutions that are custom designed, programmed, fully automated and rolled out to every system on your plant floor. Complete vision inspection systems from EPIC are tailored to address your specific needs, deliver the best achievable pass/fail rates and reduce liability.

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EPIC Vision Systems $$$

Rochester, NY  |  585-544-0450

Quality Vision International is a manufacturer, designer, and distributor of machine vision products. Quality Vision International focuses mainly on video measurement products and uses the latest imaging, illumination, sensor, mechanical, and motion technologies in all of its products.

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Quality Vision International, Inc $$$

Aurora, IL  |  888-648-8869

Mitutoyo is a worldwide manufacturer of 3D noncontact vision systems. If you produce complex, small or delicate components, we can outfit you with the correct machine vision product and QVPak® software. Overall, we offer many different measurement products, support for all and quality service.

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Mitutoyo Corporation $$$
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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.