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In the Spotlight
System improves particle-size analysis
Scientists can choose from 20 parameters to describe particle size and shape. The Morphologi G3 system calculates particle-shape parameters such as elongation, circularity, and convexity to show subtle differences between samples. The unit uses various magnifications to provide high resolution throughout the 0.5–3000-μm particle-size range. The system measures and records every particle in a sample individually, enabling the image-analysis system to detect foreign particles.
In addition, the particle-categorization unit produces scattergrams to allow the easy visualization of measurement data. The scattergram can be used to apply classifications and filters to group or exclude values based on size or shape.
Technology allows nonstop inspection
Because a package may shift on the belt, it may be closer to some cameras than others, resulting in images of varied sizes. Omniview determines the center post of the package and recreates the image with its tilt. The technology recreates a 3-D rendering of the product. The rendering is then "unwrapped" to provide a continuous, flat view of the product surface. This process enables Omniview to eliminate distortion caused by randomly-oriented packages on the belt.
The PC-based system includes tools such as barcode reading and vision inspection.
Temperature recorder provides proof of custody
Unlike other temperature recorders, the ThermProbeRF identifies which reader retrieved data, when data were retrieved, and what the data were at each point. The ability to keep these records facilitates proof of custody.
The recorder's chip is 5 cm2 and 3 mm thick. Calibrated units as precise as ± 0.1 °C are available. The recorders can be interrogated 250 times per usage.
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