By Michelle Osmond
Baader-Canpolar Inc. (BCI) of St. John’s will receive
$2.9 million to develop advanced food inspection systems based
on machine vision. It is currently finalizing field-testing
of its INSPEKTOR 820 system, which incorporates x- ray technology
with machine vision for the fish processing industry. Total
value of the project: $5.8 million.
Headquartered in St. John’s, Baader-Canpolar Inc. (BCI)
is a joint venture of Canpolar East of St. John’s and
Baader Canada Inc. (part of the Baader Group, Germany). BCI
specializes in the development of advanced food inspection
systems based on machine vision (i.e. intelligent systems).
It is currently finalizing field-testing of its INSPEKTOR
820 inspection system for the fish processing industry; this
new system incorporates X-ray technology with machine vision.
BCI works closely with Intelligent Systems Solutions (iSYS)
of St. John’s, which specializes in intelligent systems
BCI’s core inspection technology, INSPEKTOR 820, automatically
detects defects in fish fillets in a moving production line.
Current detection level for some defects is equivalent to
human eye. The industry trend is moving to higher detection
levels pushed by worldwide competitive pressures for cost
efficiencies and demands from the fast food industry. This
will require food inspection systems to function beyond the
human eye equivalent.
The project will enable BCI to make technical advancements
to its core inspection technology through a combination of
improved imaging techniques, integration of X-ray and enhanced
software analysis. The project will take a multi- spectral
approach to food inspection to integrate X-ray technology
with machine vision, requiring a data fusion and hardware
configuration that is capable of operating both on land and
at sea. While the initial focus will be on the fishing industry,
technical specifications will be designed so that the technology
can be used in other food sectors. The project also includes
the establishment of an Industrial Research Chair in multi-spectral
technology at Memorial University.
The project, with an estimated total cost of $5.8 million,
will receive up to $2.9 million from the Atlantic Innovation
Fund over a four-year period. As a result of the AIF investment,
the proponent anticipates leveraging the remaining $2.9 million
from other sources.