At the Tech Transfer Agrifood Fund we are looking for innovation in the identification and/or elimination of foreign bodies within the processing/packaging line of frozen vegetables. The objective is to identify and develop alternative vision techniques that enable foreign bodies to be detected, and to geolocate/track the availability of the foods.
1- Automatic detection and elimination of vegetable material belonging to the plant in the processing of frozen vegetables.
In many cases, current detection systems that segregate by colour or by cloud (laser) are not able to remove vegetable material if the colour or vegetable structure is very similar to the fruit.
With this application, we are looking for technologies that help to distinguish the vegetable matter of the fruit (for example, remains of pepper hearts in peppers)
2 – Detection of toxic seeds/fruits/herbs in the processing of frozen vegetables. This technology or others for the detection of foreign vegetable matter that contains toxic substances (for example, alkaloid substances).
3 – Detection of stones measuring <1mm in ALREADY frozen vegetables
4 – We require a system of rotation and alignment of the product prior to inspection/cutting. Solutions will be valued that include the automatic or semi-automatic aligning and positioning of broccoli heads for their subsequent cutting. The solution should be capable of being scaled to the speed of the cutting conveyor belt.
Solutions will be valued with:
Alternatively, the following will be valued:
Artificial vision and laser solutions, if they do not have a significant added value to present solutions on the market.
Solutions that are not compatible with the current legislation (BRC, IFS, etc.)