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Development of a mechatronic sorting system for removing contaminants from wool

Zhang, L., Dehghani, A., Zhenwei, S., King, T., Greenwood, B. and Levesley, M. (2005) Development of a mechatronic sorting system for removing contaminants from wool. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 10 (3). 297- 304. ISSN 1083-4435

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

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Keywords: Automated visual inspection (AVI), color image, contaminants, mechatronic sorting system, wool
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Mechanical Engineering (Leeds) > Institute of Engineering Systems and Design (iESD) (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > School of Design (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 08:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMECH.2005.848298
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1109/TMECH.2005.848298
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/680

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