System for sorting fruit

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Lu, Renfu, Pothula, Anand Kumar, Mizushima, Akira, Vandyke, Mario and Zhang, Zhao. 2018. System for sorting fruit. US 9919345 B1
Title

System for sorting fruit

TypePatent
AuthorsLu, Renfu (Author), Pothula, Anand Kumar (Author), Mizushima, Akira (Author), Vandyke, Mario (Author) and Zhang, Zhao (Author)
Patent/Trademark ApplicantUnited States of America as represented by Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC
Patent/Trademark NumberUS 9919345 B1
Countries in Which Patented/TrademarkedUnited States of America
Number of Pages9
Year2018
Abstract

As fruit (preferably apples) are harvested, the fruit is placed on a conveyor that conveys the fruit to a fruit singulating section. In the singulating section, the fruit is directed into slots in a lane formed by two cooperating helical drives. The helical drives rotate the fruit and convey the fruit into an imaging chamber where a camera acquires an image of the fruit. The fruit image is evaluated by a processor in communication with the camera. The fruit is then directed into a rotary sorter which sorts the fruit based on the image evaluation by the processor.

Keywordssorter, infield, apple
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400203. Automotive mechatronics and autonomous systems
400299. Automotive engineering not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsMichigan State University, United States
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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