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Headwall wins Gold in Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Program

Fitchburg, MA March 27, 2015 –Headwall Photonics, a global leader in multispectral and hyperspectral imaging systems, announced today that its Hyperspec® INSPECTOR was recognized among the best in the industry by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.

Headwall was presented with a Gold level award at the AUTOMATE 2015 conference held in Chicago on March 25.

“On behalf of the Vision Systems Design Innovator Awards, I would like to congratulate Headwall on their Gold award,” said Vision Systems Design Group Publisher Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. The team at Headwall should be very proud.”

inspector cranberriesHeadwall’s Hyperspec® INSPECTOR is a completely integrated solution that collects all the spectral and spatial data within the field of view. Hyperspectral image data far exceeds the amount of useful information that traditional machine-vision or RGB systems can collect. As an example, hyperspectral image data can help boost food quality and safety because hard-to-detect anomalies, foreign matter, and disease conditions can be seen with exceptional clarity and precision. As regulations become more stringent worldwide, industry is rapidly exploring and adopting this new technology. Hyperspec INSPECTOR can be ‘tuned’ to work in the Visible/Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm or in the Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) range of 950-2500nm.

While INSPECTOR is typically deployed in-line or at-line as part of advanced machine-vision applications, Headwall’s hyperspectral imagers are also used aboard aircraft and UAVs for environmental research, precision agriculture, and overall remote-sensing initiatives.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource that provides engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design's magazine, website (www.vision-systems.com), email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About The Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2015 Innovators Awards program reviewed and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. High-scoring companies were announced at AUTOMATE 2015 held in Chicago, IL, USA. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments.  As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

 

 

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Tags: hyperspectral imaging, Remote Sensing, Sensors, food processing, precision agriculture

Headwall Expands Food Processing Capabilities With Exclusive License For USDA Poultry Inspection Patents

New USDA Initiatives To Safely Expand Poultry Processing Rates Require New Sensor Technology for Food Safety Inspection

Fitchburg, MA - May 1, 2014 - Headwall Photonics, a leading supplier of high performance spectral imaging solutions, has completed the exclusive licensing agreement with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for patents related to the in-line inspection of poultry. The patent licensing agreement builds on Headwall’s USDA Commercial Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that collaboratively focused research activities on the development and introduction of in-line inspection sensors utilizing spectral imaging technology for food inspection.

 

poultry inspectionWhen coupled with Headwall’s patented aberration-corrected hyperspectral sensors, the USDA patents enable disease detection at high-speed line rates to comply with food safety regulations. The combination of Headwall’s sensors and USDA patented, disease detection algorithms not only support but enable the USDA’S proposed rule to increase poultry production line rates for more rapid inspection systems at poultry slaughter plants. The proposed USDA rule will increase line speeds from 35 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute utilizing a single USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspector on the slaughter line.

 

“Food safety and food quality is a very strategic market sector for the commercial deployment of Headwall’s hyperspectral imaging technology," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Through close collaboration with USDA researchers, we have developed customized imaging sensors to meet the high-speed, high-performance demands of harsh, critical food processing environments. Bannon also noted that poultry processors in the U.S. alone produce more than nine billion broiler chickens per year. "This is a very large market with unique technology needs."

 

In commenting on the patent licensing agreement, Dr. Moon Kim, a leading researcher with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) indicated that “These licensed patents represent many years of food safety and food quality research and have been tested with over 100,000 poultry carcasses. And, we have many years of successful experience working closely with Headwall sensor technology and their engineering team. We will continue to collaborate with Headwall in commercializing this next generation of food inspection technology.”

Providing industry-leading spectral and spatial resolution, Headwall’s patented Hyperspec® platform offers imaging sensors optimized for the following spectral regions:

  • Visible                                          380 to 780 nanometers

  • Visible – Near Infrared                   400 to 1000 nanometers

  • Extended VNIR                                600 to 1700 nanometers

  • Near Infrared                                   900 to 1700 nanometers

  • Short Wave Infrared                       1000 to 2500 nanometers

About Headwall Photonics

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments.  As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen

Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

978/353-4051                

www.headwallphotonics.com 

[email protected]

 

About USDA Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:

  • Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products
  • Assess the nutritional needs of Americans
  • Sustain a competitive agricultural economy
  • Enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and
  • Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
Tags: Headwall Photonics, Headwall, food processing

Headwall, QualySense Collaborate on In-Line Hyperspectral Inspection

Hyperspectral Sensors Provide Data-Rich Feedback for Precision Grain Sorting

Hyperspec VNIRFitchburg, Massachusetts USA, November 2, 2012Headwall is pleased to announce the production of a new precision hyperspectral collaboration to be used in grain, seed and bean sorting by QualySense (Dübendorf Switzerland). The Hyperspec Extended VNIR sensors, which operate in the spectral range of 550-1650nm, will provide a higher level of precision during the analysis of seeds and grains.

The unique ability of Headwall’s sensors to assess and inspect quality levels of seeds and grains based on spectral characteristics positions QualySense as an innovative leader in this important industry of crop science. Through collaboration with Headwall, the QualySense QSorter systems will be able to classify and sort grains based on nutrients and contamination levels. Waste will be minimized because hyperspectral sensing has the ability to eliminate only those seeds and grains that specific algorithms deem to be of poor quality. Foods made from those commodities will be more effectively processed, utilized, and priced based on quality parameters assessed during the high-throughput, hyperspectral inspection process.

QSorterDavid Bannon, Headwall CEO, noted how hyperspectral sensing is playing an innovative role in food quality and safety: "QualySense is a perfect example of how our technology can be used to deliver cost-effective innovation to processors of seeds and grains. With the QSorter instruments, quality can be determined more precisely than ever and in real time."

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice, QualySense CEO, explained the key role that innovative technology can play. "Food producers need a highly resolved way of determining protein and oil content, color, size and other meaningful characteristics while increasing product consistency. Hyperspectral sensing represents a tremendous technical leap forward because it gives our customers a new view on quality. Headwall’s Hyperspec sensor provides exceptional spectral and spatial imaging and does so with the processing power required for high-throughput food inspection."

 

 

About Headwall

Headwall, based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (USA), is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral instruments for industrial, commercial, remote sensing, precision agriculture, and government markets. Other application areas include medical and biotechnology, forensics, chemicals, and color measurement, and in-line process inspection. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance, for end users and OEMs.

For information contact:

Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     

Tel: +1 978-353-4051                

Email: [email protected]      

 

About QualySense

QualySense is the worldwide leader focused on delivering innovative, high-end sorting solutions to achieve optimal processing, quality, and safety of grains, seeds, and beans. It is the leader in the development of efficient, high-capacity technologies for analyzing and sorting grains, seeds, and beans according to biochemical and morphological traits. QualySense was founded in 2010 and has been awarded a number of prizes and grants. The company is rapidly growing and has lately received the Swissparks “Best Startup of 2012” award.

For information contact:

Dr. Francesco Dell'Endice QualySense AG

c/o EMPA, Uberlandstrasse 129

CH - 8600, Dübendorf

Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 824 35 80

http://www.qualysense.com

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 


Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, VNIR, food processing, agriculture

USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan Discusses Food Safety & Quality Initiatives With Headwall CEO

Headwall In-Line Spectral Inspection Technology Has Applications for Improved Food Safety & Enhanced Food Quality

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 7, 2012 - Headwall Photonics, a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging sensors, announced that Headwall CEO David Bannon USDArecently met with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to discuss Headwall sensor technology developed through close collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Research Service organization.
 
The success of recent USDA and FDA initiatives such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and expansion of the HACCP Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) are in part dependent upon the incorporation of new techniques, protocols, and instrumentation that are consistent with food safety regulations and enhanced food quality objectives and provide US food producers with increased competitive capabilities.
 
hyperspectral poultry inspection resized 600For a number of years, Headwall Photonics has worked closely with researchers and scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the agency's chief scientific research organization, to develop spectral imaging instruments for high speed, in-line inspection of food and agriculture products. These spectral vision systems utilize a specialized processing algorithm that is tailored to the specific product or agricultural inspection algorithm.
 
"Through ongoing collaboration with USDA researchers, Headwall continues to develop cost-effective, compelling spectral solutions that support improvements in food safety inspection and food quality while meeting the need of food processors for high throughput inspection," offered David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "Our hyperspectral sensor platform has been specifically designed for these critical applications."
 
Hyperspec INSPECTORHeadwall's hyperspectral in-line imaging instruments represent a critical inspection technology that allows food processors and agricultural researchers to identify product characteristics within the field of view of the sensor based on the sample's chemical 'fingerprint' or spectral signature rather than relying solely on visual appearance. Based on a patented sensor design, Headwall's Hyperspec Inspector™ sensors are specifically designed for high spectral and spatial imaging in very harsh operating environments such as required within food processing centers. Headwall's hyperspectral imaging platforms have been optimized for reliable, cost-effective performance based on years of deployment within military and defense organizations.
 
The following Headwall Hyperspec® sensors are COTS products and are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

UV 250 - 600nm
VNIR 380 - 1000nm
Extended VNIR 550 - 1700nm
NIR 900 - 1700nm
SWIR 950 - 2500nm



 

 

 

About Headwall Photonics
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:
Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     
Tel: +1 978-353-4051                
www.headwallphotonics.com
Email: [email protected]  

About USDA Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:  

  • 800 research projects within 18 National Programs  
  • 2,200 scientists and post docs
  • 6,200 other employees
  • 90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories $1.1 billion fiscal year budget  

For information contact:
Sandy Miller Hays
US Department of Agriculture
4555 Overlook Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20375
Tel: +1 301 504 1636

Tags: hyperspectral imaging, hyperspectral, Headwall Photonics, food processing, agriculture