Accession Number:

ADA285252

Title:

Feasibility of Robotics and Machine Vision in Military Combat Ration Inspection (Short Term Project STP No. 11)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1991-Feb 1993

Corporate Author:

RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY

Report Date:

1994-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

130.0

Abstract:

Currently most quality control processes in a food product manufacturing plant are performed by human inspectors. In a highly automated plant this inspection is one of the most labor intensive operations. The use of machine vision techniques has just begun to gain acceptance in the food industry having been limited by special characteristics not present in other applications. Mis report describes a unique machine vision system for inspecting MRE pouches that is based on characteristics of the incident light, the surface imaged and their interaction. A prototype was constructed and the experiments and verification is described. The defect detection performance established technical feasibility. Information from an existing MRE Plant was used to create a numerical simulation model which was then adjusted to match the average performance of two other MRE producers. An interactive graphics simulation was created which allows the user to fly through the graphics model to visualize its 3D aspects. Based on the simulations and an economic analysis, the authors found that fixed transport automation is more economically feasible than a flexible automation system. It was concluded that automatic inspection of MRE pouches is both technically and economically feasible. Machine vision, Robotics, Product inspection, Inspection simulation.

Subject Categories:

  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Cybernetics
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE