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Bean sorting to use Headwall hyperspectral imaging

Headwall has announced the production of a new precision hyperspectral collaboration to be used in grain, seed and bean sorting by QualySense, of Dübendorf, Switzerland.

The Hyperspec Extended VNIR sensors, which operate in the spectral range of 550 to 1650nm, will provide a higher level of precision during the analysis of seeds and grains.

The ability of Headwall's sensors to assess and inspect quality levels of seeds and grains based on spectral characteristics has led to this collaboration with the QualySense QSorter systems. The Qsorter will be able to classify and sort grains based on nutrients and contamination levels.

Waste will be minimised because hyperspectral sensing has the ability to eliminate only those seeds and grains that specific algorithms deem to be of poor quality. Foods made from those commodities will be more effectively processed, utilised, and priced based on quality parameters assessed during the high-throughput, hyperspectral inspection process.

David Bannon, the CEO of Headwall, said: 'QualySense is a perfect example of how our technology can be used to deliver cost-effective innovation to processors of seeds and grains. With the QSorter instruments, quality can be determined more precisely than ever and in real time.'

Dr Francesco Dell'Endice is QualySense CEO. He explained that: 'Food producers need a highly resolved way of determining protein and oil content, colour, size and other meaningful characteristics while increasing product consistency. Hyperspectral sensing represents a tremendous technical leap forward because it gives our customers a new view on quality. Headwall's Hyperspec sensor provides exceptional spectral and spatial imaging and does so with the processing power required for high-throughput food inspection.'

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