Patent Number: 6,252,189

Title: Detecting defective peel-bearing potatoes in a random mixture of defective and acceptable peel-bearing potatoes

Abstract: A system and method of operation performing automated optical inspection to remove peel-bearing defective potato pieces from a random mixture of peel-bearing defective and acceptable potato pieces use near infrared light as a source of illumination. The system implements a method of illuminating the mixture with near infrared light, detecting light reflected by the potato pieces under inspection, identifying defective potato piece surface regions based on the detected reflections, and removing the defective items from the mixture. The system and method the system implements permit the inspection of peel-bearing potato pieces for the presence of peel covered and exposed defects.

Inventors: Campbell; Duncan (Central Point, OR)

Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.

International Classification: B07C 5/342 (20060101); B07C 005/342 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018