Stemmer Imaging and Perception Park (Graz, Austria) have signed a cooperation agreement for the distribution of new industrial vision systems based on Chemical Color Imaging (CCI) technology. With this technique, complex hyperspectral data at the molecular level become intuitively usable in industrial vision, paving the way for whole new fields of application.
With their chemical and molecular properties, objects leave a spectral signature, a unique "fingerprint" that only hyperspectral cameras are able to identify. The use of hyperspectral systems has so far been reserved only for the fields of spectroscopy and chemometry, as the technique is not yet generally usable in the industry.
This situation will change thanks to the cooperation agreement just concluded by the companies Perception Park and Stemmer Imaging. Indeed, Perception Park has developed a generic data processing platform, configurable and intuitive, which makes available scientific methods of hyperspectral analysis encapsulated, easily applicable. This software platform that provides the basis for hyperspectral systems is now available in all Stemmer Imaging subsidiaries.
The new hyperspectral solution works in real time with computing power of more than 200 million spectral points per second. Different types of cameras can be connected to this platform via the most common vision interfaces: CameraLink and GigE Vision.
Many examples of the application of these CCI vision systems can be found in the agri-food sector, particularly in the food processing industry: this technique allows for images on which the proportions of meat, fat and bone are very visible. Other industrial sectors use this technique, including mining, pharmaceuticals and recycling companies. In the latter case, hyperspectral imaging automatically separates plastics, for example on sorting lines where the system must be able to identify and separate polyethylene (PE) parts from polypropylene (PP) parts based on their chemical composition. In addition, initial trials of this technology have already taken place in the medical field: "First tests applying the CCI technique and a hyperspectral structure have already allowed us to make images of a human hand and visualize the blood vessels that travel through it," explains Markus Burgstaller, CEO of Perception Park.
The Hyperspectral Systems of Stemmer Imaging based on Perception Park's software base will be presented at the first conference on hyperspectral imaging in the industry (Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry, CHII 2016, www.chii2016.com) to be held on 15 and 16 June 2016 in Graz and at the Automatica show to be held from 21 to 24 June 2016 in Munich.
All those interested in this new technology are also cordially invited to participate in the hyperspectral industrial vision trainings offered by Stemmer Imaging as part of the European Imaging Academy in Puchheim. The first training will take place on April 27, 2016 (the presentation will be in German).
Find out more: www.stemmer-imaging.com